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    the only experience with virus i had was sometime in end of 1999 a friends computer(win 98 box) was giving problems during startup... so i asked him to get his HDD to my place and copy his important stuff and format his hdd.............
    as installed his hard disk as slave and booted my computer.....
    as soon as windows started, i got many messages from norton AV .......luckly i had the latest definations. on scanning norton found 300something infected files....
    repaired some and deleted some times.....hope that taught my friend a lesson......


    It doesn't seem to like to play nice with XP. There is a patch for it though...
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    im using NAV since i purchased my acer travelmate....
    i got xp home and NAV bundled with it and havent experienced ne problem with it......
    btw whats the but and where can i get the patch?
    buying M$ OS is like ordering a soup where u gotta pay extra for the bowl and spoon....and each time u order something new u gotta pay a huge amount for a new table!!!

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    Well,i really wanna laugh at my pervious company which is such a big company also get infested with the virus call I LOVE YOU.Guess what,i managed to find out that they are using Norton Corp.I really almost bust out into laughter cos such a big company having problem with virus and our whole company system is down for a few days due to the silly worm(It is a listed company call Micron Semiconductor).Sorry to make it comment if you are a Norton User.When the worm first spread so widely,Kaspersky and some other antivirus companys have already resolved it within a short period of time.

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    im using NAV since i purchased my acer travelmate....
    i got xp home and NAV bundled with it and havent experienced ne problem with it......
    btw whats the but and where can i get the patch?
    The patch is only needed if you are running XP and using NAV Corp Edition.
    They have most likely fixed this with the new packages they are selling, but with the one we got, we needed a patch. XP wouldn't run NAV otherwise, due to the unsigned drivers/services that were being installed.

    Symantec has it available on their site for DL.
    I don't have the direct link right here. I'll have to get it when I get to work.
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    The last time I got hit by a virus was back when my 486 SL 33 was still state of the art and DOS 6.2 witn Windows 3.1 was the latest and greatest. I got hit by the One Half virus and lost everything on my hard disk. Since I didn't have my original Compaq restore disks (about 50 floppies), I had to go to the Compaq office and pay a bomb to get all the software reinstalled. After that I've never been hit by a virus. Oh sure, Norton (or McAfee depending on what I happen to be using at that time) has caught a few viruses from time to time, but it's never got past the autoprotect feature.
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    Damn...... I am old.....<sigh>

    My first and most interesting experience with a virus was good old Stoned about 12 years ago. The receptionist's computer was infected with it. Back then NCR used a slightly different sector size then other computer manufacturers so going out and buying Norton proved to be a bit if a waste of cash. I ended up having to call Norton to get an idea of exactly how the virus worked to determine how to get rid of it. Turns out to really be reather simple. The virus would take sector zero and write it to the first unused sector which was sector 7 and write itself into sector zero thus executing itself at boot and executing a jump to sector 7 when it was done. There was a hard jump from sector zero to sector 1 at the end of sector 1 anyway so the boot sector did not need to be changed. The problem with Norton was that rather then execute a jump to sector 7 via the FAT it would count a literal number to find the beginning of sector 7 and that's where it would fall down on an NCR drive - the sectors were a different size. All I had to do to repair it was copy sector 7 back over sector zero and bingo - all was well.

    The real funny part was that this peeked my interest..... I wanted to know where it had come from. Not many people in the office were literate and those that were were all creatures of habit. So I scanned every floppy in the office, (200 plus), and found no sign of infection. Funny, thinks me...... So I go to the network fileservers that provided the programs to our micrographics machines and that had just been upgraded to Novell 2.11, (wow). Lo and behold they were both infected...... Upon asking the receptionist if her un-networked computer had been used by the upgrade techs from corporate she said they had - OK - I have the infection source.......

    I write all my findings down and send them off to corporate in sunny California only to called into my bosses office a few days later and utterly reamed for accusing them of spreading a virus across the breadth of the country. He, via them, informed me that these peeps "really new their $h1t and could never make such an amateur mistake"....... That was followed by a nasty memo from the corporate head tech chap telling me the same thing...... Boy, was I pi$$ed.....

    I found out the tech's schedule for upgrades and started calling the offices he had visited prior to mine.... 5 of them..... Funny old thing, all five offices servers were infected with Stoned.... I was LMAO now..... I called the office he was currently at and asked the local tech there to insist that the corp. tech scan his install disks for viruses before he carries out the upgrade. Apparently after a lot of indignant BS he went ahead and scanned them..... They _all_ were infected with Stoned...... Duh....

    I never heard from Corporate again...... They never apologized and they never sent people to do further upgrades etc. they would just send me the stuff...... Two months later I was promoted to District Systems Specialist responsible for New York, Philly, Delaware, Rhode Island and all points in between.......

    And that's how I learned about viruses and corporate BS........
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    Back in the early days of the net, before any one took viri as a serious threat I saw a truly vicious virus ravage a JC. I have forgotten its name, but it was a boot sector virus that would try to cause the HD read head to spin too fast and slammed into the right side of the drive case. Most systems just froze up but I saw around 50 systems with dead hard drives from it.

    The other nightmare infection was a virus I saw in development in the late 80’s, it never made it into the wild luckily. The virus was called Demi Lich and it would force overclocking of the processor until it burned itself out.
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    interesting bballad, what kind of systems where those, if you remember. that's a crazy concept by todays standards, but I wonder what type of system either of those where possible on.

    wait... I guess the second one might be feasable with a bios virus of some sort... so nevermind about that being too crazy.

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    Originally posted here by UpperCell
    interesting bballad, what kind of systems where those, if you remember. that's a crazy concept by todays standards, but I wonder what type of system either of those where possible on.

    wait... I guess the second one might be feasable with a bios virus of some sort... so nevermind about that being too crazy.
    The first virus shouldn't work today, I belive any drive over 250 mb would be new enough to not have the feature that was exploited to allow overspinning of the drive.

    The second one was a boot sector, and this worked best on 386 systems, or overporcessed 386 systems. They ran hot to start with and the lack of any cooling mechinisam helped.

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    So far no virus has hit our networks as hard as Gandalf doing something that "seemed like a good idea at the time."

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    Gandalf: Yeah..... I know that one too.....
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