Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Wed, 21 Aug 1996 00:39:09 +0800
Earlier there were some posts about the "good times" virus. I think this
must actually be a trojan horse. I recently received a CD that had "Good
Times" on it; quite a nice little program really - it plays a song and
video. However, the CD also puts a virus on the hard disk called Windows 95.
At least, based on the message below sent to me by my brother, I asssume
Windows 95 is a virus...
McAfee-Question : Is Windows a virus ?
No, Windows is not a virus. Here's what viruses do:
1. They replicate quickly - okay, Windows does that.
2. Viruses use up valuable system resources, slowing down the system as they
do so - okay, Windows does that.
3. Viruses will, from time to time, trash your hard disk - okay, Windows
does that too.
4. Viruses are usually carried, unknown to the user, along with valuable
programs and systems. Sigh... Windows does that, too.
5. Viruses will occasionally make the user suspect their system is too slow
(see 2) and the user will buy new hardware. Yup, that's with Windows, too.
Until now it seems Windows is a virus but there are fundamental differences:
Viruses are well supported by their authors, are running on most systems,
their program code is fast, compact and efficient and they tend to become
more sophisticated as they mature.
So Windows is not a virus.
It's a bug.
So watch out for the "Good Times" virus - it's distributed by CD, not email
as previously thought...
(with tongue firmly in cheek...)
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