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antdude
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Going Viral: The First PC Virus



StuartMW
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My "first" was the Stoned Virus (actually a variant) around 1991. As it turned out a whole bunch of PC's at work got infected with it as well and I had to go around and clean them up (I wasn't IT--we didn't have any back then).

Not long after that I started using anti-virus software--at first McAfee then Norton (for MS-DOS) and became more paranoid. Actually I don't remember the last time I had a virus although I've had a few FP's.
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Hell yeah...I still have some 5.25" floppies I know are teeming with nasties from when my damn gf took her WP homework to the Uni's computer lab and brought back a host of crap....that place had a VAX and a bunch of PC's with no AV.

I think it was the Rostov variant. Back then I used McAfee too on Win 3.1 later Win95, but mostly relied on F-Secure for DOS as it kicked McAfee's ass.

I had Terminate! comms proggie back in those days that allowed a DOS AV like F-Secure to scan incoming files from the BBS...long before real-time AV's on Win32.
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I hate to admit this, and I don't want to sound off base, but...I've never really had one that got loose on my system. Anything that tried to join me and my system seems to have been trapped by one of my running programs...so far. I guess I have been very lucky as i, too, go back to the DOS days.


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said by jaykaykay:

I hate to admit this, and I don't want to sound off base, but...I've never really had one...

So are you green with envy?

(Sorry, couldn't resist )
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Mine was the ping pong ball virus.


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Good one! I've totally lost myself and can't get up to par. And, it's my most unflattering color, too.


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said by Dustyn:

Mine was the ping pong ball virus.

I don't recall that one although I've been using PC's since Jan 1986.

quote:
It was likely the most common and best known boot sector virus until outnumbered by the Stoned virus.
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Stoned Empire.Monkey.a was the first and only virus I ever got.

Encountered it as I sorted through a pile of old floppies on my DOS machine some time around 1998.


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I remember seeing Santa Bowling in school all the time. Before that, I was lucky not to get anything since I started on the net in '92.
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I think my first virus hit was Stealth virus for DOS back in mid 1990s/90s. My college friends and I got infected through 3.5" floppy disks from the university's computer labs. All you had to do is A: for the drive and boom infected! I remember we used McAfee (before they became crap) VirusScan for DOS to scan and clean!
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Watched the video back in March 2011

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnedOWfPKT0

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said by jaykaykay:

Good one! I've totally lost myself and can't get up to par. And, it's my most unflattering color, too.

I can help SOME of that...check here: »Re: Welcome Back!!!
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I have never been infected. My wife's systems have been infected enough times for the both of us though.


antdude
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said by Name Game:

Watched the video back in March 2011

(youtube clip)

Yep, I posted that video IIRC.
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