THE ST'S VIRUS PART WHO GIVES A SH.T! by Richard Karsmakers
This morning, I got out of bed late. Too late, as a matter of
fact. After I had some Corn Flakes (yes, some people DO eat that
stuff!) and washed myself, I booted up my computer system and
loaded my word processor.
Since some weeks, I had several undocumented virus listings
hanging around on my hard disk. I hadn't particularly wanted to
document any of them, but the time was drawing nigh for the
launch of the latest "Virus Destruction Utility" version, so I
had Stefan do it about two weeks ago. He didn't succeed in doing
them all properly, though, so I decided to have a go at the bad
ones myself this morning.
I shouldn't have done it.
I have now only documented one of the two that Stefan couldn't
handle, and all I can say is that it was difficult. And I mean
DIFFICULT. It took me nearly a whole day to truly find out how it
operated. No wonder good old Stefan couldn't do it: It used
undocumented TOS features making it reset-resistant, and it
messed around with just about every system vector existing. And I
still don't know exactly WHAT it does (or if it does anything at
all) - I only know that it probably does it after making twenty
copies of itself. Technically speaking, this virus displayed
sheer brilliance (I know it sounds odd).
So I think I'll get the blasted virus back to Stefan, so that he
can do some documenting again.
When the battle's fought and won - and the hurdey-burdey's done
So when I documented this virus, I felt really awkward. A
feeling of despair and loss manifested itself.
But are virus programmers winning the battle now? NO! Stefan
will now probably find out the rest of the virus I was just
talking about, and I think I will have a go at the other
undocumented one (also reset-proof, by the way).
The battle hasn't been won by anyone. Yet. It has just entered a
more grim stage; the stage where virus programmers try to
outsmart virus killer programmers. It now only takes longer
before a virus is completely documented and recognized, but
eventually every virus existing will be cracked! And don't forget
that virus killer programmers all over the world are working
together to document them, kill them, and prevent them from
spreading (well, except for one man, who prefers stealing our
data and selling his program at nearly DM 100 - which would be
£28 or $50)!
Ours is the battle to be won. Victory will eventually be ours...
Bad, worse....but the solution is near
YEAH...things are going bad. But I have now entered the
final stages of the completion of my new "VDU" version - version
3.3. I think I can safely put all modesty aside and say that it
beats hell out of all other virus killers (sorry, folks, but I'll
send you a free copy when it's ready...) and that it will be the
most lethal weapon in the virus battle imaginable.
Since the launch of version 3.2, hundreds of disks have arrived
through the mail (which I will have to send back one day...),
containing many viruses and other bootsectors that the "VDU"
didn't recognize. Many letters accompanied those disks; letters
mentioning small bugs and suggestions for improvement.
I have read every one of those letters and I am sure that the
"VDU" in its new version will be the most ultimate virus
destruction tool obtainable. I can do anything, recognize viruses
that still have to be written, immunize your disks (even against
link-viruses) and of course a lot more.
Let's see.... I'll sum up some of its new features here.
O There's a totally new virus-in-the-computer-recognition
O Of course, many more viruses and innocent bootsectors are
recognized; many more of them can now also be rewritten
O A new disk immunization method has been developed, that now
also immunizes against most new bootsector viruses and the
known anti-viruses. File immunization against link-viruses is
O Unknown bootsectors (e.g. possible viruses) can now not only
be written to disk and sent to me, but also printed out on any
printer connected to your ST
O Over 35 help-screens are included, giving on-line help at any
time you may want it
O The manual has been completely re-written, and now also
includes a systematic description of all viruses and their
symptoms, and also some appendices
O Program marketing is now handled professionally in Holland,
and probably also soon in the U.S.A. and England. This means
advertisements, bigger sales, and more people helped
O Scanning of a whole partition or disk drive is now possible
with the selection of ONE option
O All bugs have been removed
O A 'system status screen' has been implemented, that displays
all system variables and shows 'suspicious' ones
O Higher compatibility assured with disk-cache programs (such as
"Turbodos") which in earlier versions took care of a system
O New "Virus Probability Factor" algorithm (more reliable) for
unknown bootsectors that might be viruses
O The program is now full-and fool-proof
People outside Holland, England and the U.S.A. can order the
program by sending a cheque or international money order made
payable to me to:
I.B. Bakkerlaan 15-III
NL-3582 VB Utrecht
Registered users outside Holland, England and the U.S.A. can
order the program on the same terms, but only have to pay the
amount of money mentioned in the 'update price' column. People in
Holland should contact the Atari Computerclub Nederland in
Haarlem; people in the U.S.A. and England should wait a little
while. I'll come up with the details in a future issue of ST NEWS
or you'll have them mailed to your home.
TABLE OF PRICES FOR THE "VIRUS DESTRUCTION UTILITY" V3.0 AND UP
Country: Purchase amount: Update amount:
Netherlands ƒ 19.95 ƒ 10.--
United Kingdom £ 6.95 £ 4.--
United States of A. $ 11.95 $ 7.--
Belgium Bfr 395.-- Bfr 200.--
France Fr 64.95 Fr 30.--
Germany DM 18.95 DM 10.--
Italy L 13950.-- L 7000.--
Canada $ 13.95 $ 8.--
New Zealand $ 16.95 $ 9.--
Sweden Kr 64.95 Kr 35.--
Norway Kr 68.95 Kr 37.--
Greece D 14950.-- D 8000.--
Austria Sch 129.95 Sch 65.--
Switzerland Fr 14.95 Fr 8.--
Denmark Dkr 69.95 Dkr 35.--
Note: When using foreign cheques, add 50% to the purchase amount
or 75% to the update amount. Orders that reach me before March
15th will still get version 3.2 unless version 3.3 is
specifically requested. After that, only version 3.3 will be
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