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Article #272 (419 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions From: bb099@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Adam Trent Phillips) Subject: an 8-bit virus ? Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current) Edited-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current) Date: Wed Mar 4 13:09:24 1992 Me again.... This might seem to be a silly question- but since I just now am getting back into using my computer I have missed a lot of new things. I have been hearing a lot about computer "Viruses" and wonder if there are any that affect 8-bit Atari's. I figure that Atari 8-bits are more than likely immune to the IBM ones. Thanx for the Info.... W H I T E R O O K *** Answered by Michael Current, aa700: You're right, the 8-bit Atari doesn't have the virus problem that larger types of systems do. For one thing, most viruses do their damage by corrupting a hard disk, but most of us 8-bitters don't have hard drives (yet). But basically, everything is the 8-bit Atari is pretty tight as far as memory in the computer or space on a floppy disk go. So it would be near impossible to sneak something in there that doesn't belong. Also, a virus is system-specific, so no IBM or Mac virus code could ever do anything in an 8-bit Atari. Not a very technical answer, but hopefully essentially correct.