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14) Viruses on CD-ROM




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This article is from the Computer viruses FAQ, by David Harley D.Harley@icrf.icnet.uk, George Wenzel gwenzel@telusplanet.net and Bruce Burrell bpb@umich.edu with numerous contributions by others.

14) Viruses on CD-ROM

Viruses have been distributed on CD ROM (for instance, Microsoft
shipped Concept, the first (in the wild) macro virus, on a CD ROM called
"Windows 95 Software Compatability Test" in 1995). It is wise to scan CD
ROMs on arrival for viruses, just like floppies. If the CD ROM has
compressed or archived files it is wise to scan it with an anti-virus
package which can cope with large amounts of compressed and archived
files.

If you scan all drives at every boot, though, you may find that this
gives you a good incentive to remove CDs from your CD drive before
you power down, especially if your scanner isn't set to allow you
to break out of a scan. B-)

 

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