Virus Help Team, have added VirusZ_III.Bootblocks to this archive
VirusZ_III.Bootblocks is NOT part of the original VirusZ package, and have been added by Virus Help Team
New bootblock viruses that VirusZ III with the use of 'xvs.library v33.42' cant recognize, will now be
reported. Also a lot of harmless bootblocks that Virus Help Team have collected over the years, and that
VirusZ III does not recognize, and report as an 'Unknown Bootblock' will now be reported by name. Just
put the VirusZ_III.Bootblocks in your S: drawer. Read more about VirusZ_III.Bootblocks by VHT.
VirusZ III is the last one of the classic antivirus programs for Amiga computers that still gets updated
(from time to time;-).
This archive no longer contains any of the required libraries, so please get them from Aminet (locations
are mentioned in the header of this textfile).
To ensure that you have downloaded an original version of VirusZ and not a fake, you can use my PGP key
(attached to the VirusZ.doc file) together with the signatures included in the archive for verification.
You can also download a 100% safe copy of my PGP key from the following homepages:
Virus Help Team Denmark homepage: www.vht-dk.dk
Dirk Stöcker's homepage: www.dstoecker.de
Additionally you should compare the file size of your VirusZ copy with the one displayed in the programs
'About' information. They MUST match if you didn't modify VirusZ yourself (eg. with a file compressor).
Requires: AmigaOS 2.04 or better
For any comments, bug reports, snapshots and/or if you have found some new virus, contact the author at
the following addresses:
snail-mail: Georg Hörmann
1.02 Changes/Additions since 1.01:
- Changed back to FREEWARE, that MAILWARE thing just ended up in too many emails :-) Thanks to
all who gave me feedback and sorry if I didn't reply to everybody!
- Added dozens of snapshots sent by Fabian Siesmayer, Jonny Högsten, DMX, Stellan, Micheal Evans
Maurizio Callegarin, Michael Malychev, and Michael Domoney. Thanks for all the testing, guys.
- Added really nice MorphOS icon created by Christian Rosentreter to the package.
- Added SegTracker 45.1 to the package. You should add it with the FULLPATH option to your
startup-sequence right after SetPatch for best results in the vector check.
- Enhanced SegTracker support in the vector check. If a filename is too long to fit in one line
because of path information, it will be split and displayed in two lines instead.
- Enhanced Snapshot function in the vector check I noticed that sometimes patches of different
vectors point to the same address (esp. Audio_0 - Audio_3 IntVecs). Whenever you tried to save
such snapshots, the first ones would have been overwritten because of identical filenames.
VirusZ now creates up to 10 different names for such cases.
- Improved support of suspicious process fields in the vector check. The tc_Switch, tc_Launch
and pr_PktWait entries will be reported separately now if necessary and therefore can be
monitored too. To clear all entries of one type, select the respective headline and then press
the 'Clear' button.
- Spent some nights reviewing the sourcecode (over 25.000 lines!) and did lots of small
optimizations, rearrangements and fixes mostly to the startup-code, vector check and memory
monitor for a better and safer program execution.
- The 'Install' function in the bootblock lab, can write a standard Kick 1.3 bootblock again.
- Enhanced the 'Line -' & 'Page -' functions in the memory monitor when displaying assembler
instructions. Both functions will now additionally call FindStartPosition() from disassembler
library for the most sensible results.
- Fixed bug in the 'Address' function of the memory monitor that might have caused accesses to
non-existent memory areas.
- Removed the 'Show...' and 'Technical Info' menu items and added that information to the new
- Did several changes/fixes to the internal GUI support code:
a. All windows share one single IDCMP port now VirusZ therefore will no longer run out of task
signals if you try to open all its windows at one time.
b. Window flags, IDCMP flags and several other essential stuff gets compiled during window
creation automatically now and thus reduces the possibility of bugs caused by badly filled
c. Fixed bug in the window resizing code that lead to ugly results if you changed system fonts
from smaller to bigger ones.
d. No longer uses NOCAREREFRESH windows but, as stated in the RKM calls GT_BeginRefresh(),
/GT_EndRefresh() [It's actually funny that there obviously didnt appear any problems during
years with the old method even though it is said not to work in the RKM.]