THE ULTIMATE VIRUS KILLER BOOK
8 - EPILOGUE
"Blackened is the End
Winter it will send
Throwing all you see
From the moment viruses first appeared, they have grown
considerably both in quantity and quality. As programmers
discover more things about their system they can come up with
more compact and more destructive viruses. I suppose viruses will
never disappear, and I think each computer system will suffer
from them into eternity - even the ones yet to be designed unless
new Operating System designers get their act together thoroughly
(if you're one of these people, please contact me).
So, basically, a virus killer will have to be supplied with any
computer in the future to stop any further problems from
occurring. It would be even more perfect if the Operating System
as such would prevent viruses from working - the disadvantage of
that would be that either the system would be rather inflexible,
or that some kind of 'bright' programmers would find ways of
getting around it.
In the case of the ST (and more particularly the newer Falcon),
the Operating System should have been designed so that it would
warn the user if an executable bootsector was about to be
processed (see 6.2.4), requesting him to specify its execution,
"yes" or "no". Together with the "Ultimate Virus Killer", this is
the most perfect way conceivable to prevent virus infection.
Programmers of the future should make their programs self-
checking, and possibly self-restoring (though the latter is only
applicable to bootsector virus infection). That would require
some damn brilliant programming for it to be countered from the
side of the virus programmers, if it can be countered at all.
So the virus problem is here to stay. Let us all hope that the
computer systems of the future will be better equipped to handle
Sometimes I seriously wonder where some people get the energy
from to keep on battling viruses. But I suppose it is right to
assume that the entire Atari world is lucky that these people
somehow still find their energy somewhere.
It seems there are only a few virus killer programmers still
working at their thing. In Scandinavia there's Kai "Antidote"
Holst, and in the rest of the world, well, all there seems to be
is me. Some other excellent virus killers seem to have more or
less left the scene and drifted off into oblivion with their
authors either leaving the Atari scene or not taking care to
release regular updates of late. Volker "Virendetektor" Söhnitz,
Bernhard "Poison!" Artz, Chris "Sircware VP" Brookes and George
"VKill" Woodside seem to fall in this category. Sad losses.
Let's hope the goodies will win, for in that case victory will
ultimately be ours. But it's my guess that quite a bit of water
will have passed under the world's various bridges before that