Re: WAY OT--Crisis...virus! Need help

Michael Talbot-Wilson (
Wed, 28 Apr 1999 21:07:31 +0930 (CST)

On Wed, 28 Apr 1999, David Luyer wrote:

> will destroy the BIOS flash chip in most cases. The stories
> of "we lost everything" mean that the people were too stupid and
> believed the anti-virus companies who told them it was unrecoverable,
> and as a result lost masses of otherwise recoverable data. Wonder
> if anyone will sue the anti-virus companies for giving out such
> harmful false information :-) I have submitted a feedback form on
> each anti-virus site I've come across pointing out that they are
> doing harm by spreading such misinformation, but they probably
> won't change, since making the damage out as worse than it really
> is is how they can sell more copies of their products. Loosing

Still, it would make a heck of a lot more sense to sue Microsoft. It's
their OS that was open to attack. I have a Windows 95 computer and I
didn't receive any mail from them on it, either directly or through the
hardware vendor, but they must have known about it for months. (I
didn't have a problem with it. Those who did need to sue.)

That the OS is notoriously exposed is the only reason why the anti-virus
vendors even exist. On Linux it could only have happened to a clueless
kid (or granddad) who did everything as root.

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