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If you think you need "hundreds of servers working under a torrified network" to produce ransomware, you are sadly wrong, and probably will get a big - and expensive - shock if you are not very, very careful.
Ransomware basically encrypts your PC and sends the decryption code to a web site. All it needs for that is for you to run an application on your computer. Some ransomware doesn't even bother with the "encrypt", or "send to base" parts: as long as the user can't access the data and knows where to pay the money, the b*st*rds win: and the simplest way to do that is to just overwrite the HDD with random cr@p and tell the user it's encrypted. We had a guy caught that way a year or so ago - he paid, the code didn't work, the elephants wanted more money for "another code". Criminals do not always tell you the truth...
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
I had a friend who got duped into a ransomware attack a few months back. I don't think it was terribly sophisticated either. They called him pretending to be Microsoft and convinced him to let them remote to his machine to "fix" something. Yeah... they fixed it by placing a nice little login into the system start-up and were requiring him to pay to get into it. Fortunately he called me and I was able to at least get the content off his hard drive and reload the O/S. As you stated, it doesn't take a lot to pull that kind of scheme off. Just one developer that knows a little bit about how the systems work.
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I think OriginalGriff answered your question well and honestly, even though it was not the question you were asking. I think you will have a difficult time a) getting interest in development of this project, and b) getting people to actually use it - because of the issues that OriginalGriff raised.
I wish you well in your endeavour, but I think to be successful, it will take some luck and at least a decade of hard work and building a team of support.
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If you have developed an anti-virus system that (a) identifies all known viruses, (b) does not flag good programs as viruses, and (c) does not require updating signatures, then the commercial anti-virus companies would like to talk to you. Otherwise, you need an organization that updates the anti-virus signatures on a regular basis. As an 18-year-old, I doubt that you have the resources to set up such an organization.
As others have pointed out, getting anyone to actually use your anti-virus software is difficult. Even assuming that you have the best intentions in the world, no one is likely to trust their data to an untried anti-virus, even if it is free. There are already plenty of free anti-virus solutions out there, which also have a reasonable track record.
I suggest that you chalk this up to experience, and look for something else to work on.
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Having it out as freeware makes it like a published article, another way to go. Programming techniques get challenged and proven that way. I seriously cannot think of a practical way to make money on it, but that shouldn't discourage you. As freeware, take technical criticisms and see what you can learn from them in return. While they are correct in saying you cannot compete with the big boys, it is still an accomplishment and a milestone.
Many of the programmers will have either one of the dreams i.e creating an antivirus or creating their own operating system.
I'm going to admit that I have in fact dreamed about creating my own operating system. I think back in the day (the 1980's, yay! ) when we had 8-bit/16-bit machines and < 1MB RAM it would have been possible, but these days the hardware is a lot more complex and the job's so much bigger that it needs a decent sized team to get it done.
After many months of hard work, I finally made an antivirus
I am just 18 and a half years old and do not have too much of money and time to promote and supporting so I decided to make this as an open-source one.
Unfortunately in most cases these days, it takes money to make money. We missed the boat which was really around the late-90's/early-00's. From my side, I suffered too much from that all-too-British condition of "bah humbug, nobody's going to want that" only to watch as our (mostly) American cousins launched the very same things (Facebook, Twitter, eBay, PayPal, Google, CodeProject , etc..). I'd say that these days, open source is (most of the time) the way to go. At least you get the credit for the work you've done, even if it doesn't take off (e.g. something to show at an interview).
Is there any way to get some kind of revenue from open-source products?
Not really, because anyone can grab your code at any time. Some companies do it by offering paid enterprise-level support (RedHat, Ubuntu) but they're not in the league of companies like Microsoft or Apple and will probably never get there because paying them is optional (and most users choose not to).
My advice is to keep up coming up with ideas, you'll hit on something great at some point. You don't have to worry about coming up with something new either, just do it better than anything else out there on the market.
Ah, I see you have the machine that goes ping. This is my favorite. You see we lease it back from the company we sold it to and that way it comes under the monthly current budget and not the capital account.
I like Brent's reflection he supplied you with. Think he's giving you some sound direction there but I would depart on two elements from what he's saying. First would be the premise that what you've done isn't of value to you personally and the second would be that you can't make some money from the effort.
BUT... Here is the deal...
What you've done is provided yourself with a lovely and impressive element to your portfolio.
I'm sure being one dreaming of lofty goals such as OS and A/V creation that you also are kinda hoping to be setting yourself up for means to cruse through the next few years with an elevated state of financial wellbeing.
However, what you've built is more likely to be a key to open doors of opportunity for you if you choose to use it to your benefit.
Employers are impressed with initiative.. Your A/V demonstrates you have that. Employers are impressed with people finishing tasks.. Demonstrated as well. Employers say they like fresh faces but in reality the biggest hurdle for young coders is that they like experience even more. So, your A/V shows you have some measure of experience from which THEY can benefit and perhaps even shows potential for their investment in you as a long term resource.
If anti-virus is such a bug with you, after you've completed your open-source version, why not contact a reputable AV company (or many) and see if it impresses them enough to get you a job out of it? Join the big boys!
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I'd echo Brent and David's advice - you won't make any money directly out of it because there's so much AV out there already but it's a great thing to be able to show those AV firms (and others) and hopefully it will impress someone enough to get you a good job.
I would like to distribute it. But I dont know whether I am a man or a boy., I am just 18 and a half years old and do not have too much of money and time to promote and supporting so I decided to make this as an open-source one. Is there any way to get some kind of revenue from open-source products?
Take over a few popular web sites, then pop up messages saying "YOUR COMPUTER IS INFECTED!!!1!" and offer a link to your anti-virus.
That seems to work for the other guys, because there's no shortage of people falling for those.
The simple answer is no, you won't be able to make any direct revenue on it.
However, given your 18.5 years on this planet, I would suggest open sourcing it and writing an article or two or three (seems like a big undertaking, but I know nothing about AV software.) The point of this is that you start to establish yourself and your skills, you can point potential clients/employers to your work, etc., which all falls under the category of indirect revenue. I've landed several good gigs over the years as a result of articles I've written here.
While I have never dreamed of writing AV software (and that certainly wasn't what I was dreaming about when I was 18.5 years old ) I personally would enjoy reading about how such a beast is implemented.
It is completely made open-source it has both the engines seperately.
One is DOS which is programmed using Native C++ and has no GUI, so it is easier for a GUI developer( if some one is interseted)t develop GUI as they like!
There is also official GUI engine which utilizes wxWdigets.
It comes with a huge database nearly 1 million malicious hashes for detecting known threats. Yes, if hashes can be tampered there is advanced detections like whether the file is packed with UPX, pattern based analysis etc..
The anti-virus is completely portable and will work along with your primary anti-virus without great perfomace hit!
The beauty in this is : The product is GPL licensed but the software has no GPL dependencies, It utilizes only less third party library. So, If I've changed my mind I can sell it commercially. But I like it to be open-sourced with millions of open-source developers the project will become soon successes-full!
Similar to PeejayAdams suggestion, if you want to work on an Open Source antivirus application, I'd suggest looking at the Clam AV[^] project.
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