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 Advisories, Alerts, and Warnings (National Infrastruce Protection Center)
 alt.comp.virus FAQ
   A (computer) virus is a program (a block of executable code) which attaches itself to, overwrites or otherwise replaces another program in order to reproduce itself without the knowledge of the PC user. Most viruses are comparatively harmless, and may be present for years with no noticeable effect: some, however, may cause random damage to data files (sometimes insidiously, over a long period) or attempt to destroy files and disks. Others cause unintended damage. Even benign viruses (apparently non-destructive viruses) cause significant damage by occupying disk space and/or main memory, by using up CPU processing time, and by the time and expense wasted in detecting and removing them.
 Anti-Virus Developer Index (Virus Bulletin Ltd)
  Here you will find contact information for Anti-Virus product developers.
 Anti-Virus Web sites (Virus Bulletin Ltd)
 antivirus online (IBM)
 antivirus online: index to the wildlist (Joe Wells)
  The WildList is a regularly updated report on current virus threats.
 Antivirus Resources, Antivirus Software (HitchHikers.Net)
 AVP Virus Encyclopedia (Metropolitan Network BBS Inc)
 Compinfo Directory: Systems Security
 Computer Viruses (Wayne Summers)
  "The following list includes some of the best sites on the Internet for describing computer viruses as well as links to many of the top anti-virus software sites"
 Downloadable Technologies and their Risks to the User (Intracept, Inc.)
  What risks exist in cookies, Java, ActiveX and other downloadable technologies?
 Dr Solomon's Virus Central (Dr Solomon's /NAI)
 Eddy Willems Free Anti-Virus Consultancy Int. Homepage (WAVCI) (Eddy Willems)
  A very extensive collection of virus and anti-virus links
 eicar - European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research
  Eicar combines universities, industry and media plus technical, security and legal experts from civil and military government and law enforcement as well as privacy protection organisations whose objectives are to unite non-commercial efforts against writing and proliferation of malicious code like computer viruses or Trojan Horses, and, against computer crime, fraud and the misuse of computers or networks, inclusive malicious exploitation of personnel data, based on a code of conduct.
 eicar (European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus) - Links of Interest
  Covers anti-virus and security issues, including firewalls and business resumption planning
 F-Secure Computer Virus Info Center (Data Fellows)
 Glossary of Terms (Computer Associates) AntiVirus Toolkit (ZDNet)
 IBM AntiVirus
 InoculateIT Virus Information Center (Computer Associates)
 J and A Virus Info
  An extensive list of links to virus information and anti-virus software sites
 Newsgroup: comp.virus
 Symantec Anti-Virus Reference Center (SARC)
  "SARC is committed to providing swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively researching and developing technologies that eliminate such threats and educating the public on safe computing practices."
 Technical Papers (Anti-Virus) (Dr Solomons)
 VIRUS-L (COMP.VIRUS) archives
  "Remember - the time to really worry about viruses is BEFORE your computer gets one!"
 Virus and computer terminology (Dr Solomon's)
  These are some of the common terms used in the anti-virus industry.
 Virus Bulletin
  The international publication on computer virus prevention, recognition and removal
 Virus Central (Dr Solomon's)
 Virus FAQ (Computer Associates International, Inc)
 Virus Information Library (Network Associates)
 Virus Test Center, University of Hamburg CSD
  Includes anti-virus scanner tests
 VirusHelp - Virus Emergency Room (Henri Delger)
  "Do you think you have a virus? First, don't worry unnecessarily. Many times, odd things computers do are blamed on computer viruses, especially if no other explanation seems to make sense. However, in most cases, when an anti-virus program is used to check, no virus is actually found. So, unless you have checked, and confirmed that a virus is actually present, don't panic. It's true that some viruses can cause: unusual screen displays or messages, slower operation of the computer, drives to be accessed unexpectedly (and the drive's light to go on), or a reduction in the amount of memory normally shown for the system. However, even such strange behavior can be caused by legitimate software, by harmless prank programs, or by hardware faults. On the other hand, a usually reliable indicator of a virus problem would be changes in the length, content, or file dates of executable (*.com/*.exe/*.sys) files in the Directory listing. However, not seeing such changes doesn't mean there's no problem, since many common viruses don't infect files, and some of those which do can avoid showing changes they've made to files, especially if they're active in memory." - Truth About Computer Virus Myths & Hoaxes (Rhode Island Soft Systems, Inc.)
 WildList Organization International
  The WildList currently shows approximately 300 viruses known to be spreading in the wild. "It is to provide an accurate account of which viruses are actually causing infections in the real world," said WildList Founder Joe Wells. "Our worldwide reporting system gives the only true and globally-recognised picture of the true threat. This is the bottom line for users."


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