Thirty-four percent of the adults in America have recently seen, heard, or read something about the Information Superhighway. Sixty percent even said that they thought that the Information Superhighway is a really neat idea, even though they have absolutely no idea what it is - Harris Opinion Poll Survey

INTERNET is the source of current up to the minute information on viruses. It is also the source of anti virus software. To be told this when you don't have access to INTERNET can be extremely frustrating. I have therefore made up a catalogue of useful products for those who don't have access. This also includes a number of INTERNET tools and information files for those who are thinking about it or just getting started. catolog.txt.

For those who do have access the following addresses should be of help. INTERNET is in a rapid state of flux. This is the one part of the book which can be guaranteed to be out of date as soon as it is published. Corrections, new resources are therefore more than welcome. Time will not permit individual thanks so I note them here. Heroic efforts will be acknowledged in future revisions.

I have not verified every entry. The state of flux is such, that no sooner had I got to the end I'd have to start again (I now know what it's like to paint the Forth Bridge!). My time can be better spent. As I use these entries for my own purposes I correct what I find. You will discover the joys of INTERNET as serendipity lends a hand. Many of these entries have come from other lists. Too many have proved to be out of date or incorrect. A significant number I have just stumbled across whilst wondering around INTERNET. Therefore by my not spending too much time on these entries could prove beneficial.

Most areas have a FAQ (frequently asked questions) and a README (or INDEX) file, you should access these first and read them.

As well as a source of up to date information and help INTERNET is also a source of viruses. Ensure that you check everything BEFORE you use it. If you do find a virus (or suspect something suspicious) alert the source.

This book is entirely my own work, but it was only through INTERNET that I was able to gain the thoughts of the many heroes (& a few villains) to add the final polish.


The major source of virus information is VIRUS-L and the parallel news group comp.virus. If you want to ask questions or post warnings of viruses this is the place. Before asking any questions ensure that you have read the VIRUS-L FAQ file for information on viruses in general and the VIRUS-L README file for information on VIRUS-L and comp.virus in particular.

Files can be accessed by ftp from:


E-mail can be used to obtain the FAQ file.


            info virus-l
To subscribe


            SUB VIRUS-L <your name>       {eg SUB VIRUS-L Fred Bloggs}

To participate, post mail to the list

The list moderator is Ken R Van Wyk


The Scanner - The Anti-Virus Newsletter of Today

The Scanner is new - first published in 1995. What I've so far seen it is pretty good. It is a magazine style publication aimed at anyone interested in viruses - users, anti virus researchers and even virus writers. The Editor is Howard Wood.

          {The Scanner}

       {Howard Wood  Editor}



Alive - Suzana Stojakovic-Celustka

An interesting magazine containing almost philosophical discussions of viruses along the lines of 'what is the meaning of life the universe and everything'. The mice had the answer - but that is another tale. Publication highly sporadic.


       {Editor - Suzana}

       {subscription requests}

anonymous ftp from following sites

   in /pub/virus/texts/alive

   in /pub/antivirus/journal/alive

   in /pub/virnews

   in public/Alive

   in /pub/pc




World Wide Web



What follows is a mixed bag of resources, some more useful than others. Suggestions are welcome for addition to the list.

HOT TIP: A person's address can often be adapted.


Many of these sites are strongly inter-linked, that is once at one you can jump to many of the others. Therefore in the first instance you may find it simpler (and faster) to go to a local site or one on the same network. For example users in the UK and on JANET (the high speed academic backbone) will find fastest access if they choose a site in the domain.

A useful jumping off point is SYMANTEC. They maintain a virus alert. They also have hot links (WWW) to many other virus sites. This entry indicates the rate of change. At the time of writing this was true (having accessed the site a couple of days before), a couple of days later (to verify what I'd written) it was no longer true. But, a note was posted to say change was under way so I'll leave this as a cautionary note! It could even be be that I originally found these links some place else. That is the joy (!) and the disadvantage of INTERNET - one can never be quite sure what one will stumble across, where, or even if one can correctly find ones way back. If you've never used INTERNET but have visited Hampton Court Maze then you will know the feeling, those of you who are regular surfers won't need reminding!


John McAfee's corporate address


        {anonymous ftp}


Sophos corporate address {virus & security products}



Virus Bulletin



Frisk Software International {F-Prot}



      {Fridrik Skulason}

Data Fellows act as agents for Fridrik Skulason's F-Prot. They also produce a bulletin for each F-Prot update which though aimed primarily at providing information on F-Prot also contains useful virus information (NB I have included this with the F-Prot disk). Data Fellows have hot links to several other sites including the Virus Research Centre at the University of Hamburg. I could give the address for VRC but it is so long that I doubt if anyone could type it in correctly (especially as it is in German)! I suggest therefore that you go to VRC via DF, then save the address for future visits. Data Fellows can also be used to access the Italian Anti-virus Research Organisation (ICARO), which like VTC has an extremely long name (in Italian).




Virus Research Centre at University of Hamburg - see above.

The University of Hamburg houses the Virus Research Centre. Once there work your way down through the directories.


The Italian Anti-virus Research Organisation (ICARO) has interesting material (as well as being a Romulan outpost!). It also provides links to many other sites.


Command Software {Security & F-Prot Agents}


     {e-mail  Word macro virus help}

      {e-mail  London}













National Computer Security Assoc


Norman Data Defence


Dr Solomon



The Open University maintains a virus support service for its far flung student population. There is a news letter on current viruses and an archive of earlier news letters. The OU is a useful starting place as it has links to several other sites. It can also be reached via Datafellows Ltd.


Humour is not what immediately springs to mind when you think of the word virus, so maybe it is time for a few virus jokes.


                    Other Stuff | Fun Stuff | Virus Alert

The SimTel depository and its various mirrors are good sources of software, including anti virus software - use ftp













  			{Czech Republic}







  		{Hong Kong}








         	{New Zealand}




  		{South Africa}

  		{Slovak Republic}






Wherever possible use the nearest site. Always observe restriction on time of access.

Likely directories are









In the UK two national software archives are to be found. If the micros archive is typical, poorly maintained and carrying some very old software, versions are more likely than not to be old versions

       {Lancaster University}

    {University of Kent at Canterbury}

If you are looking for a specific file or piece of software use archie. Alternatively post a message on virus-l.

Bulletin Boards

Those not on INTERNET but with modem will find the following useful. Country codes are only included where known, so note country.

            408 988 4004        {McAfee Assoc  USA}

            +44 1235 559936     {Sophos        UK}

            +44 1494 724946     {S & S Int     UK}

            1 408 244 0813      {Excalibur!    USA}

            +358-0-478 44 500   {Data Fellows  Finland}

            +358-0-478 44 501   {Data Fellows  Finland}

            +42 7 2048 232      {Slovak Antivirus Center}

            +42 7 2048 295      {Slovak Antivirus Center}

            +44 171 259 5752    {Command Software  London}

To reiterate what what was said at the beginning. For those without INTERNET access (or modem) much of this material is available on disk - see catolog.txt. Beginners guides to INTERNET are also available on disk.

Reproduced with kind permission from Virus: A computer malaise - Keith Parkins (Books on Disk : 1995) (c) Keith Parkins 1995.

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