Anti-malware research (infection and detection)
I have undertaken a tertiary course that requires me to infect my computer with myriad malware signatures (at least 10), and then test multiple anti-malware products (4-5 products)
My main question is: How can I get my hands on multiple signatures, and what's the easiest way to infect said computer? (I'll be using VMWare to try and isolate the infections)
Additionally, if anyone could give me suggestions about the following, I would be most appreciative:
1. What malware is recommended? I'm after a variety of malware types (worms, trojans, viruses, spyware, etc.)
2. What are some (non-commercial) products that people would recommend? I'm planning to test MalwareBytes, but which others are the most interesting?
3. Is VMWare Workstation sufficient for what I'm doing?
4. What are some informative ways to test/document the effectiveness of anti-malware software? The number of detected samples, success rate of removal, speed and efficiency. Any others?
Many thanks in advance.