Viruses and Revolution

Bill Vlahos bvlahos at
Fri Oct 17 10:30:52 EDT 2003

I'm writing an application that could be exposed to file system based 
viruses due to the nature of how it will be used. I'd like to minimize 
the risk to users.

I doubt there is any way I can prevent the standalone or stacks from 
being infected because that is a function of the cleanliness of the 
Windows computer it will be on (there is virtually no risk for Mac and 
Linux users).

If I can't prevent an infection (please let me know if I'm wrong), I 
would like to be able to detect and report a possible infection to the 
user. I was thinking along the lines that since a standalone app can't 
be modified, either checking the modification date and/or checksum size 
at launch might be a good way to detect any changes.

I'm interested in hearing what others have to say. Has anyone had any 
experiences with infected standalones or stacks?

Bill Vlahos

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