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Introduction


Why do I share malware?

Why not... as fascinated by malware ever since long time ago, when I was a young child. There are many different ways the samples can kill a system! It's always fun to see programs misuse the rule set given to them, destroying the machine in the process. Many children enjoy toy cars, however I enjoyed malware samples back in my day. I have no doubt I'm not the only one who started messing around with dangerous software so early, including young kids at this point in time.

Since I have already grown up, I know the main painful struggle of a little malware collector. It is to find the samples to play with. You see, the most fun types of malware are slowly fading away. Obviously, "fun" in my view. Who knows, maybe you enjoy repetitive flashy GDI malware or textbook ransomware that releases once per week. You're free to like what you like, or what is common at the moment.

The samples disappearing isn't the only problem, though. Many malware collectors have a big ego and/or don't want to help out anyone in an impossible search for the dream sample. Simply think about that, it's just a single click for them to send you out a sample they already have, but a laborous (thank god if a possible) task for you to find a specific unpopular sample from 15 years ago. Being a kid, you don't have experience or tools to conduct an efficient search. I've been one myself, and the only reason I managed to get so many samples back in my day was because of kind people that freely shared the samples online. God bless them.

So, if that didn't answer the initial question, that's the reason I'm sharing malware. Sharing is caring. I managed to find all the necessary tools, earned influence, so it's time to pay back to the community around me! All the samples I have are free for all to test and have fun running over and over again. The best you can do to thank me is to subscribe to my channel and continue on sharing the samples with those who need it most. Don't be egoistical, it's not going to pay back!

Sadly, a good chunk of people don't appreciate that and attempt to take the website down due to "illicit software spreading". To them I grant a special permission to run live samples on their host machine.

In conclusion, I want to thank all the people that helped me and other people with building malware collections. All the KernelMode (R. I. P.), MalwareUp II (R. I. P.) and MalwareUp III (R. I. P.) members for sharing free samples, rogueamp (R. I. P.) and danooct1 for showcasing malware, Alin Tecsan for showing interest to this day and cracking rogues, and, most importanly, my friends who sent me requested samples at any given time. Especially Fedor22.

As the project grows, it's becoming more difficult to handle - but what next?

Let's start from the very beginning. I had 100 subscribers back in 2016. Making videos, editing them and at the end uploading didn't feel like a routine at all! Dang, I even could not edit them at all, no one would care. Then, I began to gain traction, more and more people would subscribe because they liked the best-edited video on my channel.

Suddenly, once I hit 1K, it was apparent to me that quality of my videos had to rise to appease the viewers. I could still post off-topic videos and get away with that, but I felt like it was rude. At last, people didn't subscribe for this kind of stuff! As the amount of 0s in my subscriber count started to increase, I knew I had to go for even better editing and post-production quality, and content in general. I couldn't post anything else apart from what my channel was known for anymore, as it would result in notification spam for my recurring viewers, which would affect the "trust factor" of my loyal subscribers.

You see, there's a sentence that a wise man, Voltaire, said: "With great power comes great responsibility" - you heard it a billion times, but that's what I actually experienced in person. I can't continue to upload the same type of videos as my channel grows, I have to experiment with new things to interest my viewership and myself to start. And as the numbers grow, it's becoming gradually harder to upload new things without being criticized or even miserably flopping. This is why I try to keep uploading a wide variety of content.

If I ever hit a 7-digit number, first of all, I will scream, but then I'll have no idea how to proceed. I assume I will continue to run my channel solo, just as it started. But one thing for sure: my mindset of making videos for the sake of it will not change, although by the point that happens I'll probably be in my thirties.

Malware is art! Don't let it become a filthy criminal's tool!

MalwareWatch is one of my projects aimed towards raising awareness and expanding the knowledge about peculiar, archaic and forgotten malware types to most people. I offer a broad arrangement of helpful software designed to mitigate possible risk of users getting their computers infected, identify and localize potential threats, debug and reverse malicious samples and generally let people learn specific aspects of cybersecurity.

The website also contains a wide selection of software designed to customize Microsoft Windows and its components. Finally, MalwareWatch includes a malware sample collection as subjects for testing inside sandboxes, VMs and other controlled environments. The links in our repository might lead to external resources that had been safety-checked before publication.

Please understand, that misusing and spreading malware for your personal gain is prohibited by the law. We are not responsible for any damage our samples might have caused to your computer.

Frequently asked questions


Q: Is YouTube your main job?
A: No, it's not. I don't have a job yet, I'm a 1st year university student. My channel is and always will be a hobby and a passion, and this is the reason you don't see my videos get sponsored. I will only ever take a sponsor if I'm in an emergency financial situation.

Q: Do you have a schedule?
A: I don't. I can upload once, twice, thrice a month or even 30 times in February, it all depends on my mood.

Q: Is the software/malware free to use/review on my channel?
A: Absolutely. If you want to show appreciation, you should credit me in the description.

Q: Why did you ignore my e-mail? That's so rude!
A: The problem is, I can't find time to answer most of the e-mails. I manage to read half of them at best, and most of the given half don't have any serious substance to them. It's nothing personal, a lack of time and difficulty filtering out unnecessary e-mails results in such a situation. Do understand me.
Q: What's the password? ~ The software/malware here doesn't work. Please help!
A: The password is mysubsarethebest. The software does work. It has been thoroughly checked before uploading. If there is a bug though, like an incorrect password on an archive (we all make mistakes!), please contact us. Details are in the final section.

Q: Is the software in your repository safe? My antivirus told me it isn't.
A: Why would I try to infect your computer as a respected celebrity online? False positive it is.

Q: Are you going to make your malware open-source?
A: Yeah, I think so. One of these days. The biggest problem I have are people who steal code and don't credit original makers. It's a horrible feeling to get ripped off like this.

Q: Please review and put up my malware I made in VBS and ba...
A: NO

My computers


Main machine - Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-51

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-51

My main machine. Yes, I use a laptop - managed to snatch it at the New Year sale of 2018. It's my best companion while travelling around the world. While at home it's also convenient: whenever the power goes out I don't have to care, I can also freely traverse with my host in the house. I will mark extremely durable parts that I recommend with bold and manual upgrades with arrows.

It features:

  • Intel Core i7-8750H (BGA-soldered)
  • 16GB of DDR4 RAM → 32GB
  • Intel®️ UHD Graphics 630
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060M (6GB)
  • Micron 256GB M.2 SATA SSD → Samsung 970 EVO+ 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Toshiba 1TB SATA HDD (5400RPM) → Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SATA SSD
  • 3220mAh battery → Replaced in 2021
  • No DVD-ROM drive, but a resource CD included
  • A bit muffled microphone and an alright camera
  • 4 USB ports (1 USB 3.0, 1 USB-C), HDMI, Ethernet, 3.5mm jack and an SD slot.

My setup

The setup

My setup isn't that common. I use a laptop with an external display, keyboard and a mouse, essentially as a desktop. The screen of the laptop plays a secondary role, while its keyboard is left unused, so I just cover it with a piece of paper to prevent dust and protect it from spills, if any occur by an insanely tiny chance. I also had to raise the laptop itself using some box so the meaty Model M would fit under it. It also helps air circulation, as well as raise the laptop's screen to the level of my main one, so that's a double win-win. My desk is relatively small in person, but I can get things done on it.

Accessories:

  • Samsung Odyssey G5 144Hz (2560x1440, 27")
  • IBM/Lexmark Model M 42H1292 (PS/2, 1996)
  • Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical (Occasionally prefer to use Logitech G502 Hero)
  • Edifier Stereo Subwoofer System
  • Shure MV88+ Studio Kit (Microphone + Tripod)
  • a4tech Bloody Headphones
  • Some random USB 3.0 hub

The secondary computer

Secondary computer

That's the computer I periodically feature on my channel, it's most known from the famous Destroying Windows 10 with ads video. I use it for on-host experiments and permanent storage. It's also my fallback computer just in case something happens to my main laptop. It's a pretty powerful cost-effective machine, I built it in March of 2019, before my most popular video was released. Fun fact: I dualboot Arch and Windows 10 on that machine, and as a previous Arch user can tell you, there's nothing better than Windows.

It contains following hardware:

  • ASUS PRIME H310M-A
  • Intel Core i3-8100 (LGA1151-v2)
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti (8GB)
  • Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SATA SSD
  • Samsung 970 PRO 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA HDD (7200RPM)
  • Seagate Barracuda 4TB SATA HDD (7200RPM)
  • ASUS DRW-24D5MT 72x ODD
  • TP-LINK Archer T4E Wi-Fi Adapter
  • Corsair VS450 PSU (450W)
Accessories:
  • Acer Nitro VG240Yb 75Hz (1920x1080, 23.8")
  • OKLICK Vortex 940G Mechanical Keyboard (Outemu Blue)
  • a4tech Bloody V7M Mouse

Studio gear


Even though I rarely make full-on amazing post-production big willy big budget videos, I still own some ubiquitous studio gear. This way if I ever feel like making one of those, in essence, movies, it will be of best quality possible. I used those professional things a few times by that point. Trust me, they make all the difference between intermediate and professional. Here is the gear that I use to produce high-quality videos.

Equipment

Software

I use VEGAS Pro 18.0 to edit my videos, paint.net for thumbnails and picture edits. I don't plan to switch to Adobe anytime soon.

Contributors


Enderman

A YouTuber with almost 200K subscribers, malware tester, retro hardware collector and a C programmer.
The creator of this project.

...and many others.

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