THE ST'S VIRUS - PART VIII by Richard Karsmakers
"VDU" and disturbance of the peace
Now that publications about my "Virus Destruction Utility" also
appeared in the English magazine "Page 6" and the German magazine
"ST Computer" (as well as several smaller German mags), I have
experienced a second major boom in its sales. So I can again say
that I have been quite busy recently. Unfortunately, I have also
been just as busy handling people that wanted to have their "VDU"
QUICK, FAST and if possible YESTERDAY at home. Some of them even
visited my old home address ALL THE WAY FROM SOLINGEN, GERMANY!
These people apparently do not understand that it takes TIME to
deliver all those programs - not to mention the fact that the man
who visited my old home address had only ordered it THREE weeks
before (the general delivery time is well over a month!).
But, please, KEEP BUYING this "VDU"; when I have sold 2,500 of
them, I have a good excuse to take Trea out for dinner (for Trea,
please refer to either the "Editorial" or the "Did you know
that...." columns in ST NEWS Volume 3 Issue 6)!
In spite of all the hassle, I have recently also started working
on a "VDU" update, which will probably be ready somewhere in
January or February of 1989. More about this version can be read
at the end of this article.
No more Viruses on the ST?!
Some people seem to think that viruses on the ST are no longer
'in fashion'. Well, I am afraid that they are quite wrong. New
viruses, and even more dangerous ones, pop up regularly. I am
terribly glad, however, to notice that link-viruses are very rare
still, and are generally not spread to the significant extend of
bootsector viruses. Sigh!
A New Viruskiller
My own "VDU" might be commercial (more or less), but since I do
everything all by myself there is no question of getting it out
to dealers. That's why good contacts have been established with
the "STRIKE-a-LIGHT" crew that is now designing a Viruskiller for
proper market use. It will be sold completely independent of the
"VDU". Its price will be somewhat below fifty Dutch Guilders and
it will be sold in a neat package, probably with a REAL manual.
It will probably only be available in Holland and, consequently,
written in Dutch.
This new Viruskiller (provisionally named "Virus Fixer") is
probably ready as you read this and principally it should be just
as good as/better than my "VDU", because my research will also be
contained in the program (on top of all their own research). We
are currently still negotiating about the deal details.
There's still a huge potential market for this new Viruskiller,
as I have only sold about 300 "VDU" copies in Holland and 50,000
STs are said to be sold here.
How to order the "Virus Destruction Utility"
If you think you might be better off with a good virus killer,
my "Virus Destruction Utility" might be the perfect tool for you.
Its main features are:
* Recognition of virtually all software that uses the disk's
* Recognition of ALL known ST viruses - both bootsector-and
* Option to repair previously damaged boot sector software
* All data on your disks remains 100% intact!
* Immunizing of disks against all known bootsector viruses
* Option to repair damaged or destroyed Bios Parameter Blocks
* Automatic calculation of a "Virus Probability Factor" when
suspected (unknown) bootsector are encountered
* Automatic recognition of any hard-floppy-and RAMdisks attached
* Automatic recognition of all known viruses already present
in the computer system when no RAM-or Harddisks are attached
* Option to write Anti-virus
It can be ordered by sending a cheque or postal order to one of
the amounts mentioned below to:
I.B. Bakkerlaan 15-III
NL-3582 VB Utrecht
You can also order it by sending the required amount of money to
giro account number 5060326 of Richard Karsmakers, Utrecht, The
Netherlands. No further specifications needed.
Please do not send any ST NEWS feedback or stuff like that to
this address, since Stefan (at our correspondence address) really
is the right man for that.
"VDU" versions at an 'update price' can only be bought by
registered "VDU" owners.
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 1495.-- D 800.--
Austria Sch 129.95 Sch 65.--
Switzerland Fr 14.95 Fr 8.--
Denmark Dkr 69.95 Dkr 35.--
If payed in cash, please use any of the currencies marked with an
Note: If using foreign cheques, add 50% to the purchase amount or
75% to the update amount.
The VDU 3.3 update
People that already are registered "VDU" users and that are
satisfied by the program's performance, can supply me with their
license number and pay the 'update' amount of money (cash or
postal order) to get version 3.3 IMMEDIATELY once it's ready
(which will be around January/February 1989). I can't tell much
of this version yet, but it will recognize at least 15 bootsector
viruses, 4 link viruses and 125 harmless bootsectors, whereas it
will also be able to repair at least 85 of the latter. All bugs
(e.g. that a system infected by the Antivirus is thought to be
infected by the 'Signum' virus) will also be removed, an on-line
help option will be present throughout the program, and
bootsector viruses will now be removable also on harddisk. Maybe,
version 3.3 will also be compatible with (hard disk-) Cache
programs (like "Turbo-DOS"), with which the current version fails
to work due to reasons still quite mysterious to me. Last but not
least, you will now also be able to scan a whole partition for
link viruses and you will also be able to KILL an antivirus.
Finally: Some GOOD news!!
Recently, while increasing the dimension of my phone bill
(talking to Tarik Ahmia of "ST Magazin"), I heard that the "Virus
Construction Set Part II" has not been sold for about two months
now anymore: It has been totally withdrawn from the sales
shelves. Finally, some GOOD news!! It appeared that the company
got too much trouble marketing the programs (I suspect the
troubles were of legal matter). Ha!
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