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By Chris Williams. Published: 4th Oct 2002, 12:27:10 | Permalink | Printable

VProtect virus detection module now 3.90 [Updated]

As reported earlier this week by our observant friends at riscos.org, Pineapple Software have released version 3.90 (dated 22nd August 2002) of their established virus detection software VProtect.

"Pineapple Software have been providing Virus Protection software for over eight years now, since the first viruses appeared on the Acorn scene", explains Pineapple on the VProtect website. "It has been used by many thousands of people to successfully combat the effects of viruses and recover data that might otherwise have been lost. There are however, at least 223 strains of virus still active on Acorn systems."

VProtect is supplied with all releases of RISC OS 4 as standard and also freely available from the Pineapple site. In the unfortunate event that VProtect actually locates a virus on your system and alerts to you this fact, you'll need Pineapple's commercial Killer software to remove the nasty from your RISC OS computer. Written as a module, VProtect works by intercepting commands that run programs and loads modules, so it can check that any software about to be executed isn't a known virus. It can also detect potentially compromised applications.

Update
Jim from Pineapple got back to drobe.co.uk regarding their recent VProtect release. We asked them why the release was published and was it because new viruses had been found.
"There are not any new viruses covered by this new version of VProtect, as there have been no new ones bought to our attention in the last few months", replied Jim. "Changes include removal of some false detections and other minor bug fixes."

Sleep easy folks.

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VProtect 3.90 website

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I must get !Killer. It always reminds me of the good old days, for some reason...

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 4/10/02 12:33PM
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I think that moss has become addicted to drobe.co.uk.

What's the lag times these days between an article being published and moss making a comment? :-)

Dave -- Spriteman.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 4/10/02 1:04PM
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And it tastes so good.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 4/10/02 1:10PM
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More importantly, how long will it be before I make a comment that is vaguely useful/interesting?

Anyway, I went off drobe because it wasn't updated for ages. Then when Knox went down I came back and discovered lots of lovely updates :-)

Also, I'm back on my uni course; which means I'm putting off work...

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 4/10/02 2:54PM
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All of a sudden, the iconbar.com covers the 32-bit updates and the new VProtect just after drobe did. Heh.

 is a RISC OS Usertakkaria on 4/10/02 3:30PM
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All's fair to iconbar and riscos.org, they spotted the VProtect update first.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 4/10/02 4:28PM
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True.

andy/takka.

 is a RISC OS Usertakkaria on 4/10/02 4:45PM
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But drobe has the best report :-p

Now, if only all RISC OS portals will set up news feeds, I can do a lovely meta-portal :-)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 4/10/02 4:55PM
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Cooo, drobe.co.uk are such copy-cats. Long live the Cybervillage. :P :)

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 4/10/02 11:26PM
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Cybervillage owns us.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 5/10/02 2:11AM
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TIB has lots of different types of feed.. look on the left hand bar, a bit down... -- Andy.

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 5/10/02 4:48PM
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I only eat drobe.co.uk. :)

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 5/10/02 5:32PM
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I know ACP ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 6/10/02 3:01PM
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I know Java.

-- Ian Hawkins (g0tai)

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 8/10/02 8:31AM
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I know C*.

* I don't.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 8/10/02 12:09PM
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I know C and I'm getting it taught to me, again.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

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