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Old 21 November 2002, 00:51   #1
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Question Is SystemZ a virus?

I'm really confused.

I've always thought that SystemZ is NOT a virus, but a virus protector looking for other viruses, either removing them when detected or at least telling about their existence on the disk.

So is it really a virus or should the TOSEC naming be revised therefore?
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Old 21 November 2002, 01:33   #2
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http://home4.inet.tele.dk/vht-dk/desc/all.htm

Just have a look at the letter "S" in that list and I guess you will find what you´re looking for
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Old 21 November 2002, 14:47   #3
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Eek

I got with my A600 a disk labelled 'White Lightning' 'Copying Disk' . When I load it up an introduction screen about this System Z product appears. I press enter and the program starts loading. It then quickly says 'System Z strikes again with copy disk number 4'. The actual program is Amiga Copy 1.3. I can't see any problem here but should I be worried?
 
Old 21 November 2002, 15:30   #4
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Reading that info it looks like System Z is a virus masquerading as an anti virus program.
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Old 21 November 2002, 16:25   #5
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Reading that info it looks like System Z is a virus masquerading as an anti virus program.
That´s exactly the point
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Old 21 November 2002, 17:03   #6
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What about my copying disk? Does anybody know of it? I'm thinking now that if I used it I might get a virus put on whatever I copied with it.
 
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OK Retro, thanks for this link.

Anyway: You can't fool me. THIS IS NOT A VIRUS but it does absolutely no harm. Info file says that SystemZ can detect SCA and ByteBandit viruses, which means that it just writes a clean boot block if ByteBandit or the like is in the boot block.

Can this do any harm?

Methinks not. During my active Amiga period, I've seen SystemZ on AmigaDOS disks ONLY. This means that NO CUSTOM LOADER is destroyed if SystemZ detects a ByteBandit or similar virus.
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It is a virus! Why ? Because it a) can override a bootblock without asking the user and b) it duplicates itself. And this is the exact definition of a virus...
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