Information Disaster April 26
In April, the biggest problem of the month related to computers can rightly be considered the epidemic of the Win95.CIH virus - Chernobyl. Everyone is used to the presence of…

Continue reading →

Novell High Availability Server™ (NHAS)
NHAS allows you to use Intel architecture equipment as part of two servers and a shared disk array connected to them. By pairing two independent servers in an Active /…

Continue reading →

Intranet no problem
Out of the scope of the article, issues of software selection and technical details of network configuration deliberately remained. These issues must always be addressed specifically for a particular customer.…

Continue reading →

Ways of spreading viruses

How are viruses and, in particular, the Win95.CIH virus spread? It is generally believed that the main path is the Internet. Other viruses cause a lot of controversy about the distribution paths (spread with games, via floppy disks, etc.). In fact, any viruses are highly democratic in their habitat. The main channel for spreading viruses is the channel through which the necessary information is transmitted most intensively. What is this information: games or necessary programs – the virus doesn’t care. Therefore, in the West, the main pathway for the spread of viruses is the Internet. We, apparently, have one of the main channels – these are numerous “pirated” CDs.

It makes no sense to provide statistics on the appearance of infected disks in the black market. Believe me, infected “pirate” drives are not uncommon. There are even unpleasant incidents. So, on one of last year’s “pirate” collections collected 4 latest anti-virus programs. Including AntiViral ToolKit PRO v.3.0.120 (AVP). This is the version that before most other well-known packages could detect the presence of the Win95.CIH virus. Nevertheless, on the same disk one of the useful programs is infected with the Win95.CIH virus. The channel for spreading viruses through CD-ROMs has another unpleasant feature. This is not only a distribution environment, but also a reliable storage environment for viruses!

I think that taught by bitter experience, we will now be more careful about protection against viruses (I repeat, not only protection against Win95.CIH). Nevertheless, there will always be a risk of “catching” a new virus that antivirus products will not “cope” with. Therefore, it is very important to imagine how, where and by what forces you can restore information on your hard drive. Moreover, the information on the hard disk may be lost due to reasons independent of the presence of viruses (erroneous file deletion or formatting of the disk, turning off the computer, or the network disappearing when the files were opened, etc.).

Let’s think together what needs to be done so that in case of an accident you can count on restoring information.

How to avoid network downtime?
A network of any company or organization is created to provide users with easy access to information, applications and network services. However, both company’s productivity and revenues can suffer significantly…

...

Our tips
Tip 1 Turn on the Zip drive only for the duration of discarding information with constant monitoring of its operation, so that when clicks appear, inspect the drive in a…

...

The Taming of the Shrew CIH
More recently, on April 26, we witnessed the massive destruction of computers (the destruction of CMOS content) and the destruction of information on hard drives. The blow to the pocket…

...

But this is not Intel at all!
The ways of AMD and Intel, from our point of view, have long diverged. If earlier it was possible to install at least Intel or at least AMD into the…

...