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3-37] Do I need to worry about viruses?




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This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (fadden@fadden.com) with numerous contributions by others.

3-37] Do I need to worry about viruses?

(1998/09/11)

Absolutely. Infected CD-ROMs are every bit as nasty as infected floppies,
if not worse: you can't disinfect the source media. It is prudent to
scan your files before creating a CD-ROM for distribution, and it's not
a bad idea to scan the CD-ROM afterward (in case somebody has cleverly
infected your CD writing software).

The dangers of boot sector viruses on bootable CD-ROMs are probably low.
Because the boot sector is created directly by the recording software, and
can't be modified after it has been written, the opportunity for infection
is small.


 

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