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VProtect your computer

Posted by Andrew Poole on 16:05, 12/11/2002 | ,
 
I've just recieved word that there is now a new version of the VProtect module, version 4.03, available for download from the pineapple Virus Protection Scheme website.

"Pineapple Software have been providing Virus Protection software for over eight years now, since the first viruses appeared on the Acorn scene. It has been used by many thousands of people to successfully combat the effects of viruses and recover data that might otherwise have been lost." Pineapple explain on their Virus Protecton website. "There are however, at least 223 strains of virus still active on Acorn systems."
 

  VProtect your computer
  moss (21:05 12/11/2002)
  adrianl (23:23 12/11/2002)
    Rob Kendrick (18:42 14/11/2002)
      moss (19:30 14/11/2002)
        Rob Kendrick (19:43 14/11/2002)
 
John Hoare Message #91436, posted by moss at 21:05, 12/11/2002

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/me has downloaded it :-)

Who is still writing viruses for RISC OS these days? Or is that the same kind of question as "Who writes RISC OS these days?" :-p

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adrianl Message #91437, posted at 23:23, 12/11/2002, in reply to message #91436
Unregistered user Well, we're going to need some new, 32-bit compatible
viruses soon! ;)
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Rob Kendrick Message #91438, posted at 18:42, 14/11/2002, in reply to message #91437
Unregistered user While writing Slayer over a 5 year period, we spent a *lot* of effort trying to find virus samples, and we had a wide number of people submit them, via email, postage and in person! However, we only ever managed to track down around 90 RISC OS viruses while actively searching. Pineapple seem to take an alternative approach - people submit them to them. Where they get the number of "223 strains of virus still active" is interesting - but I really doubt there are that many that are still in the wild.
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John Hoare Message #91439, posted by moss at 19:30, 14/11/2002, in reply to message #91438

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So Pineapple could be writing new viruses, just to get people to keep subscribed :-p
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Rob Kendrick Message #91440, posted at 19:43, 14/11/2002, in reply to message #91439
Unregistered user I didn't say that. :) However, viruses *do* die out, and leave the wild. There a hundreds of thousands of PC viruses, but most of the virus scanners only scan for a tiny subset, because most aren't in the wild. Since RISC OS' demise in the classroom, which always was the major breeding ground, virus growth and spreading has been seriously hit, and virus production.
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