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This article is from the Miscellaneous Macintosh FAQ, by Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@shock.njit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

02 I think I've found a new virus. What do I do? (Miscellaneous Macintosh)

*DON'T* post a report to any comp.sys.mac.* newsgroup. 99% of all
suspected new viruses are merely mundane bugs in the system or
applications being used; and even if you really have found a new
virus, there's nothing we can do about it anyway. You'll only
generate a lot of panicked, follow-up reports from people who will
blame every crash of QuarkXPress on the new virus.

If your system is protected against known viruses by Disinfectant or
one of the other anti-virus packages and you suspect a new virus is
causing you trouble, first consult with the most knowledgeable local
guru about your problem. Nine times out of ten, he or she will
identify it as a boring, ordinary, known bug in the software. If you
are the local guru and still think you may have found a new virus,
and have thoroughly checked out all other possibilities, then, and
only then, send a detailed description of your problem to
j-norstad@nwu.edu. Check the Disinfectant manual for procedures to
follow before reporting a new virus.

Please remember that it is VERY unlikely you have actually found a
new virus. Around the world in all of 1992 only four new Macintosh
viruses were discovered. Of all the suspected Macintosh viruses
which were reported to Usenet before being isolated by a recognized
virus expert, exactly none were eventually confirmed. One
public virus report, the so-called M virus, turned out to be the
result of a boring, ordinary bug in a common extension. The report
which received the most attention, the so-called Aliens virus,
remains unconfirmed and was probably the result of corrupt system
software.

 

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