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From: garymartens(a)earthlink.net (unknown)
Subject: [NEGenWeb] Viruses and computers
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 16:20:20 -0500
Viruses, worms, trojans, or for that matter any program that runs on a PC
will never run on a MAC without some type of emulation software on the
MAC to run the code.
PC's use Intel based code, which has been common since the first versions
of PC's using 8080 processors. Apple computers use Motorola
processors, and the instruction set for Intel means nothing to Mac's unless
you use emulation software which reads the Intel code and converts it into
the equivalent Motorola processor code.
The second reason that worms and trojans won't run is that these things
use functions and features that are specific to Windows, starting with
The BadTrans worm:
1. is a Win32 executable file
2. it uses Windows Mapi Functions
3. it moves itself into the Windows system directory
4. it registers itself in the auto-run section of the Registry
This type action is common with these things, but the fact that it's
compiled in Intel code means it can't run on Mac's (easily). Not many mac
users, unless they are cross compiling executable code, have Intel
emulation on their machines.
The only thing that would run are Word or Excel macro viruses because
they don't use compiled code -- it's interpreted code.
NEGenWeb County Coordinator for Lincoln, Seward and Polk Counties
AHSGR Village Coordinator for Schilling, Neu-Schilling & Konstantinovka