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    JANDOENT
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    Exclamation A Guide to Virus and Anti Virus Programs

    Anti Virus programs are constantly being outdated due to the manufacturing of new viri. Typically it is not cost effective for each Anti Virus (AV) program manufacturer to do it's own research on potential new virus. The industry has economized and streamlined the process rather effectively. It seems a limited number of computer science experts do most of the research. They themselves, actually make virus so they can in effect prevent, detect and remove them. With technology constantly growing, this is an on going task.These researchers then sell the info. to the program manufacturers.
    Viri can be placed into diff. classifications: Potential Virus, Known Virus, Virus Hoax, etc..Each classification can then be further broken down into diff. classes.
    Due to my recent eye problems and not knowing each individuals interest into the depth of desired virus knowledge, I will list links and a summary of what the link is about. In this way, each individual can choose the topic of interest to them with out inane info. boring them and with minimal strain to my eyes.
    May people really do not know the differences in Virus, Trojans, Worms, Bugs and Spyware(This is a huge topic). This article is on viri, so lets begin with what actually is a virus; http://www.cai.com/virusinfo/virus_intro.htm
    Some of you may find the evolution of virus interesting; http://www.cyber.com/papers/eimpact.html
    In the security forum, Speed Guides objectives are to inform you of facts, present you with some ideas, and to help you to solve your individual problems giving you the safest ways possible to enjoy your computer.
    Unfortunately, learning incorrect info is as bad as ignorance. So lets take a look at hoaxes and "hear say" info; http://www.vmyths.com/hoax.cfm
    I am not an expert in virus nor even in computers. I merely look for the best, non bias, true fact and information sites that I can locate. Be careful whom you accept info from. An opinion is not a fact. This site may open your eyes to have a better understanding of who is actually qualified or not qualified to give you bonafide info. http://www.vmyths.com/fas/fas1.cfm
    Links to some of the worlds leading virus experts; http://www.cyber.com/papers/zoo.html http://www.wildlist.org/R_Bios.htm http://www.wildlist.org/sarah.htm http://www.nod32.com/index.html
    This link is to the organization that keeps the list of viri that anti virus programs are tested against to grade their performance.Also, how virus are named, frequently asked questions, etc.. http://www.wildlist.org/
    This is to the organization that actually tests and ranks AV programs; http://www.virusbtn.com/
    This link is probably why most of you are reading this thread. It is the comparison chart to most popular AV programs; http://www.virusbtn.com/100/vb100sum.html
    This link shows the programs that pass the test of detecting 100% of the know virus; http://www.virusbtn.com/100/vb100sum.html
    This is a test file (completely harmless) that you can download or email to see if an AV program is working and detects it, also how it would react if a real virus was detected. It is simply a code typical of what a virus code would look like. Your 'puter will actually believe that this is a virus.Again, it is HARMLESS; http://www.eicar.com/anti_virus_test_file.htm
    or
    http://www.datafellows.com/virus-inf...test_file.html
    This is an actual screenshots of various viri, in case you were curious on what they look like; http://www.datafellows.com/virus-info/v-pics/
    These are some various online virus test sites, containing knowledge of all known virus and will check your 'puter to see if you have any; http://security1.norton.com/us/intro...=sym&langid=us http://www.ikarus.at/start_iee.htm http://www.nod32.com/index.html

    In choosing an anti virus program, remember your operating system (Win9x,Linus,etc.)plays a part in function. Selecting a consistant and proven AV program that you can operate easily, should protect you efficiently. Overall test performance should weigh more than 1 or 2 individual tests.

    I hope that this info. will increase your knowledge and give you a better understanding so that you will be able to defend your 'puter as well as possible.
    This info. is free and available for you to share with your friends. Unfortunately, the cost of the website is not. Please help us to keep SpeedGuide as it is now by registering and visiting the site frequently.

    EVERYONE that reads this, please post,even if only one word (this is a great way to increase your post count with out spamming) so I can get an idea of how many people find it useful and want me to continue researching the various aspects of security. Any comments, additional info or criticitism will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You,
    Ken



    [This message has been edited by JANDOENT (edited 12-02-2000).]

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    Scoot
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    I am amazed at your dedication!!
    Even with your eye problems you have put together a fantastic list of reading links for the members to educate themselves in security issues.
    I for one would like to say
    THANK-YOU!!!
    Good luck Ken

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    ssjDoh
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    I think that's the longest post I have read! Usually, I don't have the patience to read the whole thing, but you gave very useful info!

    Thanks Ken!

    I hope things are getting better for you

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    fredra
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    Hi JANDOENT
    I am still with you pal.
    Those links are important and I thank you and appreciate what you are doing.
    Your research has given us food for thought and action.
    Thanks again.

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    chacmool
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    Thanks for all the effort...great post/thread.

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    magg
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    Thanks for the info JANDOENT.

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    mojac
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    As usual, a Star!!!
    Cheers Ken!!

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    mojac
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    I was going to download the testfile, but, I'm ashamed to admit I'm a bit of a coward!!!!

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    JANDOENT
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    Originally posted by mojac:
    I was going to download the testfile, but, I'm ashamed to admit I'm a bit of a coward!!!!
    mojac, trust me, that is written in the format of a virus. It is NOT a virus in any form. It can not & does not execute. Under no circumstances would I post a virus. Remember, I am AGAINST all forms of security breeches, spyware,etc....You can email it to someone to test if their email virus scan is working and to see how it reacts. This is a test only but it will fool your computer.


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    ssjDoh
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    Just tried the test file and Nortan 2001 immediately though it was a virus before it asked me where I wanted to d/l the file.

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    Scoot
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    I also downloaded it and my Inoculate It caught it in both zip and com modes.
    I ran a full scan over night and it was renamed.


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    U Floridians Always Amaze me
    Thx Man! Awesome Links.

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    sol
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    thanks dude! more weekend reading for me.

    Good luck with everything. I hope your eye is doing better.

    sol

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    denolth2
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    Cool info to have. I'll have some reading to do. Thanks!

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    goose
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    Great Info!

    This should be archived...

    -Goose

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    denolth2
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    Took this quote from the www.cai.com/virusinfo/virus_intro.htm:

    There are no "good" viruses, simply because virus is code that was not intentionally installed by the user. Users must be able to control their computers, and that requires that they have the power to install and remove software; that no software is installed, modified, or removed without their knowledge and permission. A virus is surreptitiously self-installed. It may modify other software in the system without user awareness, and removal can be difficult and costly.

    So, if we go by this theory, or fact, then all spyware that is installed intentionally or otherwise without the user's knowledge can be considered a virus as well?

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    Diggity
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    This was very helpful, keep up the good work.

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    wileybot
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    oh yeah! much needed! gracias!

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    along1x
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    Great links man. I followed them all and learned much. Thanks for the post.

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    RoundEye
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    WOW!!!

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