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5.0 Where to get further information (Viruses and the Mac)




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This article is from the Viruses and the Mac FAQ, by David Harley D.Harley@icrf.icnet.uk with numerous contributions by others.

5.0 Where to get further information (Viruses and the Mac)

5.1 Computer Virus FAQs

Computer Virus FAQ for New Users
A mainly non-Mac virus FAQ posted to news.newusers.questions,
alt.newbie, alt.newbies, alt.answers, and news.answers.
<http://www.faqs.org/faqs/computer-virus/new-users/>

alt.comp.virus FAQ
This is posted to alt.comp.virus approximately fortnightly. It
includes a document that summarizes and gives contact information
for a number of other virus-related FAQs; (not much Mac-specific
material). The latest version is available from:
<http://www.sherpasoft.org.uk/acvFAQ/> but the reference version will
eventually be the one at www.eicar.dk (page currently under construction).

VIRUS-L/comp.virus FAQ
The Virus-L/comp.virus FAQ (also fairly low on Mac-specific
information) is regularly posted to the comp.virus newsgroup
(version 2.0 at time of writing). This FAQ is very long and very
thorough. The document is subject to revision, so the file name may
change. The latest version may be found at:
<ftp://ftp.infospace.com/pub/virus-l/>
<ftp://ftp.datafellows.com/pub/misc/anti-vir/vlfaq200.zip>

5.2 EICAR

Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit, Virex, and NAV (Norton AntiVirus
for Macintosh) now support the EICAR test. This article by
Paul Ducklin of Sophos explains the EICAR test file:
<http://www.eicar.org/anti_virus_test_file.htm>. [SL]

5.3 "Robert Slade's Guide to Computer Viruses"

The disk included with the 2nd Edition of this excellent general
resource includes most of the information available at the
University of Hamburg (see 5.5). The book also contains a
reasonable quantity of Mac-friendly information. The disk includes
a copy of Disinfectant 3.6, which is now out-of-date -- 3.7.1 is
the latest and final release. For more information about this book:
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0387946632/> [Springer]

Very few books primarily about computer viruses deal at any length
with Mac viruses (I can't think of one, at present). Some general
books on the Mac touch on the subject, but none I can think of add
anything useful. Some of the "Totally Witless User's Guide
to......." books dealing with security in general include
information on PC -and- Mac viruses. Unfortunately, the quality of
virus-related information in such publications is generally low, and
there are few or no books on computer viruses in general which are
both recent -and- accurate.

 

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