THE VIRUS DESTRUCTION UTILITY by Richard Karsmakers
The day after I discovered that viruses were going around on the
Atari ST, Frank Lemmen started writing a virus killer (a program
that eliminated the virus from infected disks). He wrote two
versions: The first one was filled with bugs (didn't work with
RAM-and harddisks, for example), and the second one was believed
to be full proof as well. But, as days passed, some additional
more or less major shortcomings of Frank's new virus killer
* You could only check drive A's infected disks (trouble
with people who had a 5,25" drive B)
* It could only recognize one specific virus on disk
* To work with it, you had to use keyboard AND mouse
* One could not IMMUNIZE disks with it
The "Virus Destruction Utility" has the following features:
- It recognizes and automatically destroys infected disks' virus
- A formerly infected disk is also immunized (so that the current
virus will not be written on it ever again)
- You can also immunize your normal, non-infected disks
- Cases of doubt (any executable bootsectors) are recognized and
you are warned (please note: This option was included to make
the VDU compatible with future viruses, and all auto-boot
programs use these as well - not being a virus!)
- It works on drive A as well as B (easy if you have a 5,25"
- It recognizes a virus that is already installed in the
computer. The VDU will then refuse to work! If a virus might
get onto your VDU disk, simply boot with a non-infected disk
and then load the VDU.
List of programs that auto-boot, and of which the VDU will tell
that it 'may be infected by a virus' (there may be more - these
are all ORIGINAL versions): Deep Space, Arena, Brataccas,
Starglider, Barbarian, Terrorpods, Obliterator, Sapiens,
Sentinel, all Aladin disks, Tai Pan.
Just look at the program (written in GfA Basic), and the remarks
will show you how it all works. I hope to have supplied you with
a useful tool in your battle against viruses. It is not only for
your own sake, but your duty towards other ST users to fight the
ST virus! Kill 'em all!
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