Posted 08 November 2009 - 02:31 PM
Intro to my some of my past history:
I have been removing malware from computers since the early floppy disk viruses on floppy only computers running DOS.
After I got a virus (on a disk from a "friend") I bought my first antivirus (on 5-1/4 in. 360K floppy - also had 3.5 in. 720K floppy in the box) at an auction for a dollar (- from someone who also bought lots of DOS software for his Mac 128 by mistake so sold everything - yes I got the Mac cheap too - that is another story.) My CP/M computers never got viruses - used from 1980 to about 1986 - Osborne, Kaypro and Xerox.
As the company that made the antivirus went out of business before I even bought it (meaning no updates,) I had no problems (ethical) installing it on several computers - worked really well and I found that I had about 10 infected disks (floppies) in my collection of about 500, 4 different viruses. My friends also had some viruses. That was back in the 1980's!
Later I even found a virus on a NEW floppy = sealed from factory driver disk from a video card around 1993 or so. When I warned the store it came from - they told me that there was no such thing as computer viruses - their "Tech" told them that. That was back when a 3-1/2 in. floppy drive was $75 new. The drive they sold me failed rapidly, only gave a 10% discount on a replacement purchase one day after the 30 day warrantee expired, the video card with the virus infected floppy driver disk did not work 100% properly except with DOS (a "high end" 1 MB - one megabyte - $150 card that was for - OS/2 and Windows), and they went out of business in a couple of months - after being in business for 5+ previous years. I guess they were killed by malware (software and hardware?)
- Jack G.