Frequently Asked Questions on Virus-L/comp.virus Release 2.00 Last Updated: 9 October 1995, 11:00 AM NZD ========================= = Using this FAQ sheet: = ========================= This document is intended to answer some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about computer viruses. This FAQ sheet has been compiled by some of the main contributors to the Virus-L mailing list and its USENET news fan-out, comp.virus. The Preface Section (below) explains the multi- part nature of the FAQ sheet and how to ensure you have "the genuine article", and gives details on version numbers and contacting the authors with questions and suggestions. If you are seeking help after discovering what you suspect is a virus on your computer, read the Preface Section, skim through Sections A and B for the essential jargon, then concentrate on Section C. If you feel that you may have found a new virus, or are not quite sure if some file or boot sector is infected, please refer to Section F Question #4 (F4) before posting a request for assistance. The answer to this question has been developed to ensure new readers of Virus-L/ comp.virus understand the protocol for raising such questions and to help them avoid asking questions that can be answered in this document. If you are looking for help in designing and implementing an antivirus policy or system, read all of Sections B through F inclusive, paying particular attention to Section D. Please read the full list of questions carefully--as with most complex topics, dozens of different virus-related questions turn out to be about similar phenomena. If you don't find your exact question here, look closely at the ones that seem vaguely similar. Above all, remember that the time to really worry about viruses is *before* your computer gets one!