End of lab Review
I've definitely gained a greater sense of awareness for how seemingly trusted installs still can contain malware or spyware. This being the first lab, did not make things easier. Dealing with virtual machines in a multi "user" setup is doomed to have some sort of install and config issues, some of which I also encountered. one of them being that the correct networking card was not selected for the vm's before boot.
The labs themselves did also not go as intended, and I was lucky to have classmates who had also looked into the issues. This pre-existing knowledge spared me for hours of troubleshooting.
I am generally amused by how easy it is to gain access to a system. This exploit was partly due to the virus being able to operate on a full admin user, something that taught me to reconfigure my personal systems in a way that does not make this possible. Anti virus manufacturers will always be one or more steps behind the blackhats, so there are no reasons to blindly trust your beloved security software.