Dan Price (thwack) wrote,
Dan Price
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Virus protection?

Virus protection???

We don't need no stinking virus protection!

Ok, so I was working with some Zip disks from a friend when I ejected one of the disks and a few seconds later, Windows pops up a bubble informing me that there was a "delayed write failure" trying to write something to the Zip drive. Hmm. Seeing as I was only copying data OFF of it, I was led to believe that this was a symptom of some sort of virus trying to spread itself. It seemed like it failed to do so, probably because XP isn't vulnerable to its methods or something, but thought I should clean it off my system anyway.

Now, I've almost never run any virus protection on my personal computer at all. I go by the policy that if I don't jump off cliffs all the time, I don't really need to invest in a parachute. By "jumping off cliffs," I mean doing things like running strange .exe files sent to me by my friends, launching e-mail attachments without checking what they are, etc.

However, I've always been aware that even being as cautious/paranoid as I am, there could still be written a virus that could sneak in by unconventional methods I haven't heard of. But I see that as an acceptable risk compared to the cost/hassle of anti-virus software.

Therefore, I have no such protection installed at the moment, so I had no way to test my theory that the "delayed write failure" was a symptom of virus activity. Fortunately, Symantec offers a "Trialware" version of Norton AntiVirus 2002 which I was able to download and install. Even if it expires in 30 days, who cares... I just want to scan once. And if it happens to find a hundred viruses on my system that slipped through my cautious ways, maybe I'll drop the dough to keep using it.

Well, 49 minutes later...

Files:
Scanned:102696
Infected:0
Repaired:0
Quarantined:0
Deleted:0


Well, the good news is that my system has no known infections. But the bad news is that the "delayed write failure" remains a mystery. I tried searching the web for the error but can't find anything that really deals with Zip drives.
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