it is just illegal to write a virus to destroy a virus.. because then you get caught in a war that escelates (just like conficker is in now)
What if the virus they wrote had a exploit to allow someone else to control it?
or what if it infected a hospital computer and shut it down during a operation?
thats what they have to worry about and why they wont!
but creating softwear to get rid of it locally for someone that does not spread.. they can do so you have what we have currently...
Hey everyone. I'm going around the Internet trying to find the answer to this. Thought I might try the buzz-town too.
Somewhere around the time of the ILOVEYOU-virus, I could swear I remember a lot of Internet-buzz about fighting computer viruses with "good" computer viruses. You know, they would spread through security holes the same way normal viruses/worms do, but instead of infecting a machine and digging in, they'd quietly fix the security-hole and move on. The computer's owner would never know.
Anyone know what happened to this idea? Granted, it's highly illegal and Symantec & Friends would never go near it. But somehow it sounds like something that would've been popular among grey hats.