> > This message has been virus-scanned
>> i see more of these every day.
And you'll find one in emails from bluetree.ie as well. But
nicely tucked away in the header where they belong.
> are viruses (virii?) really that bad or
> is it all just media hype? except for a brief stint doing dev on macs
> and dos followed by doing dev on a proprietary os/lang, i've always
> worked on unix boxes. the whole concept of a virus is just bizzare for
> me and not something i've worried much about. occasionally something
> cropped up like emacs modelines, ./.exrc, file access in ps and it's
> usage in ghostscript. but i've never gotten any of these things myself.
The biggest problem these days (judging by what gets stopped
by my mail scanning stuff) is the Outlook worms. Some of
them drop some very nasty payloads. However, there hasn't
yet been a widespread worm that drops a replicating virus
(that replicates other than by email).
And viruses seem to be very prevalent in China. A thriving
pirate software market probably has a lot to do with that :-)
> has anyone here actually gotten a virus on a mac or windows box?
Yes. In 1995.
> did it actually do anything harmful?
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