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Michael Gallagher <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 17 Oct 2002 09:12:58 -0500
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Lynette, I have Virex 6.1, the readme file states that it will scan for all
viruses (shouldn't that be virii?) for the Mac and those "cross platform
agents that affect the Macintosh platform."

 As for Mac's being 'carriers' for PC viruses, I have my doubts. If the
virus can not function then it can't do anything to transmit itself. If you
forward an email then it might do something. If it is sending things to
others from from your machine (not address­machine) then it is operating on
your Mac. 

There are some PC viruses that read an Outlook address book and then send
emails to everyone listed AND will make it seem that it came from one of the
people listed in the address book. This is how a non-Mac virus can be sent
to an address from what seems like a Mac originator. It is fooling you.
These can be a pain to eliminate because it  will keep coming back, since it
will infect another PC from the address on the original machine, and THEY
may have your address as well, kinda a six degrees of separation thing.

Clear as mud?
Mike G. 

> From: Lynette Cook <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration-
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> Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 09:59:16 +0000
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> Subject: Re: Viruses
> Does anybody know if Virex scans for PC viruses in addition to Mac ones?
> I've been trying to find this info on the Web, but so far haven't located
> and answer to this question. Norton's Antivirus does not scan for PC
> viruses, meaning that Macs can be carriers of PC viruses even if not
> infected. Maybe that's why I'm getting so many virus attachments on e-mail
> that Norton doesn't call my attention to. I've been trying to figure that
> out. Just wondering if Virex would do better for me. Any thoughts?
> Lynette
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