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I used to clean computers from viruses

Back in 2005-2006, when my friends were playing WoW, I got hooked on something much weirder. Some contemporaries may remember those as the start of their MMORPG careers. For me, those were the heydays of (anti) malware. It all started as I installed the first antivirus software on our family PC, and oh boy did it find a lot of stuff. Perhaps it was that incident that triggered my fascination with viruses and malware. It cannot be overstated how bad the malware situation was back then. Every home PC had some adware/spyware installed. XP was riddled with holes. Virus scanners were falling behind the latest threats. I began to read everything I could find about viruses. I lurked obsessively in Wilders' security forums and SANS internet storm center, which were the hubs for security-related news back in the day. Unsurprisingly, corporate security was not my focus point as a 15-year-old. I was solely interested in malware. Can't really remember was there something specific about it,