Archived viruses, was Re: Reasonable price for a complete SOL-20 system?

Steven M Jones classiccmp at
Fri Oct 21 17:05:51 CDT 2016

On 10/21/2016 14:15, william degnan wrote:
> Any disk or archive you come upon from the early 90's should be scanned for
> viruses before use on a vintage machine.  USe a modern PC as it's no biggie
> to clean old viruses that way.  Scan before you use on an older machine,
> scan inside of ZIP files not just the zip itself.  There were three viruses
> that I found years ago on the most-often seen Maslin archive set.  Old
> stuff that's not an issue for modern machines.

I didn't think modern A/V products included complete historical sets of
signatures. I'm sure they can deal with ancient, simple bootloader
infections and such, but at some point I'd be concerned there's a gap
where something might be too new to be detected by the simplest
heuristics, but too old for a more sophisticated signature to be in your
common modern products.

But this isn't something I've had to deal with. Is this an imagined
problem, or has somebody run into this?


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