Security question (sort of)

From: John Amirault <>
Date: Sat Mar 20 13:16:28 1999

Have you gone into the BIOS and clicked on LOAD BIOS DEFAULTS ?
I hope this helps. Do you have a RESCUE DISK for the computer to use
after doing bios defaults? Maybe you could do a format on the hard drive
and reinstall everything. By all means USE an ANTI-VIRUS program.

John Amirault

Zane H. Healy wrote:
> >The serial ports are no longer recognized ANYWHERE - in the BIOS, in DOS, by
> >MSD, Windows, anything. I have already re-installed Windows.
> >
> >A virus planted by a hacker can damage hardware by "eating" at the chips, or
> >just scrambling the code in the chip. (I know someone (Ironically, it's the
> >sister of the person that did this to my computer), who's keyboard
> >controller chip got scrambled.
> Have you tried upgrading your systems BIOS? Somehow I think that's about
> the only thing a virus could do to mess up your system.
> BTW, this is a good reason NOT to run Windows. I'd recommend either
> getting a system that runs OpenVMS or at least installing UNIX on the
> system you have.
> Zane
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Received on Sat Mar 20 1999 - 13:16:28 GMT

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