It’s about time. The windows OS, MS Office apps, Image files; the virus list goes on and on. The only place I felt safe was in Autodesk products.
Well apparently that’s out too!
‘Without a net’ reported AutoCAD has it’s own brand of Trojan. This seems to revolve around China, and AutoCAD is being used as a delivery device through ObjectARX. The AdWare virus infected machines popup ads while viewing popular Chinese search engines. It is not being reported as a destructive virus, but it is still a problem. I can see problems on the horizon with this.
….If I throw my laptop out the window because AutoCAD loaded a bunch of ad-C#$% that I have to wade through….Would that be considered a destructive virus?
Some Anti-Virus programs don’t check ObjectARX loads, this avenue tends to go under the radar until it is too late. Many suggestions were given on how to protect yourselves. I won’t restate them all, but will suggest you read and understand the section on your AutoCAD load lisps.
One other item rarely mentioned is a Sonic Wall router. It is expensive, but keeps us pretty clean of incoming tripe. Google search results bring up all kinds of things; inadvertently visiting some odd site can result with your router getting searched for an opening. Sonic Wall helps reduce our problems with outside attacks.