THE "ULTIMATE VIRUS KILLER" MANUAL
4 - WORKING WITH THE "ULTIMATE VIRUS KILLER"
On start-up, a GEM dialog box will appear on the screen. This
kind of dialog box will be used throughout the program and offers
some interesting extras when compared to the standard GEM dialog
boxes you may be used to. For example, it is not only possible
to select your option by clicking the left mouse button on it,
but your selection may also be made by keeping the [ALTERNATE]
key pressed and then pressing the alpha-numeral that is
underlined within the option you want to select. The option that
has a thickened frame is the 'default' button, which may be
selected additionally by pressing [RETURN] or [ENTER]. Buttons
that cannot be selected are represented with a 'greyed out' text
Help options, when available, are accessible by clicking on the
"HELP" button at the left bottom of a dialog box, or by pressing
the [HELP] key on your keyboard. Any button containing the text
"(U)" (usually a button containing "NO", "CANCEL" or "QUIT") may
additionally be selected by pressing the [UNDO] key on your
One extra thing about all the "Ultimate Virus Killer" dialogs is
that they are displayed in windows. This means that you can often
use the top drag bar to move the window elsewhere and that multi-
tasking systems can have other tasks running in the background.
Dialog screen positions will be remembered for later occurrences
of the same dialog box.
Five options are available to you from the main menu dialog box
(see figure 4 in the "pictures" folder):
Information about UVK x.x
Quit to the Desktop
These options, where necessary, will be explained in further
Notes on using the "Ultimate Virus Killer" as a .TTP file:
The "Ultimate Virus Killer" may be used as .TTP file (for which
the "UVK_x_x.PRG" needs to be renamed to "UVK_x_x.TTP"), or
similarly from a command line interpreter. This allows for it to
receive certain parameters from you or from other programs before
it gets started.
Although the options offered here are not as extensive as those
of the program in regular mode, they may still be useful. All the
options that are on offer here are purely diagnostic. So no
viruses can be killed, for example!
B X Checks drive "X" for bootsector
L X: Checks the entire partition "X" for
L E X: Checks the entire partition "X" for
link viruses, but only checks
executable files. The ":" at the end is
L X:\PATH\ Checks all files and all files in any
folders within the folder "\PATH\" of
drive "X" for link viruses. The "\" at
the end is important!
L X:\PATH\NAME.EXT Checks file "NAME.EXT" in path "\PATH\"
of drive "X" for link viruses. "\PATH\"
can consist of more than one folder
name, divided by "\", to go into deeper
\PATH\NAME.EXT Alternatively you can 'feed' just any
valid file name. It will then be
checked for link viruses, with packer
info mode on and waiting for a key once
finished. In combination with e.g.
"NeoDesk" (or any desktop supporting
drag and drop, including more recent
Atari ones) this allows you to check a
file for link viruses by dragging its
icon on top of the "Ultimate Virus
Killer" icon without having to rename
the "Ultimate Virus Killer" program
file at all.
In this mode, none of the parameters
specified below may be added.
After the initial "L" or "B" a "-" may be added (like for
example "L- X:\NAME\NAME.EXT") to suppress your having to press a
key when leaving the program and to prevent the screen from being
cleared at start.
Likewise, a "+" may be added when doing a link virus scan - to
supply you with additional information about whether executable
files are packed and, if so, with which packer. A combination of
"+" and "-" (to get both suppression of 'waiting for a key' and
extra packer information) is also permitted.
In a command line interpreter you could enter "UVK_x_x.PRG L
E:\1ST_WORD\WORDPLUS.PRG" for example. For this to work in the
standard GEM desktop you would have to enter "L
E:\1ST_WORD\WORDPLUS.PRG" in the box that appears on the screen
after you have renamed the file to "UVK_x_x.TTP" and double-
clicked on the file. In combination with an extended desktop such
as "NeoDesk" you can just drag the "WORDPLUS.PRG" icon across (it
won't be copied, only the name will be fed to the command line).