FW: NAC - AVG Anti-Virus

Robert Deis rdeis at io.com
Tue Dec 17 15:18:54 EST 2002

On Tue, 17 Dec 2002, Kneale Brownson wrote:
> At 10:59 AM 12/17/2002 -0600, Livolsi, Stephane wrote:
> >Not that I would ever do this of course, but I always figured the best virus
> >would be hidden in a free anti-virus program that thousands if not millions
> >of people would download for free and be very happy with it until....one
> >day.... zap!
> Wouldn't be a very good way to sell your commercial antivirus system,
> though, would it?

Actually, there's room to wonder about such things.

A surprising number of extremely prolific viruses carry no payload-- that
is they reproduce themselves amazingly well but don't do any actual
damage. (Except for problems caused by increased network traffic when they
transmit themselves places..)

The first Word macro virus was actually called "concept". (As in

Any anti-virus company worth its salt would be developing new and more
insidious viruses every day just to excercise and improve their protection

It wouldn't be all that difficult for one or two of them to escape the
lab, as it were.  And such accidents would make the next version of the
protection software all the more important.

  Rob Deis                  "Let the people know beforehand what the law
  MiB3347                      is and what they are to expect."
  rdeis at io.com                              -- 18th Congress, Rec. 75

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