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Virex 6.1

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vrex-mac.sit (13.36 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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virex-6x-iso.zip (6.49 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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SevenDust-666.pdf

Anti-Vir for Macintosh Virex 6.1

It saved my bacon recently, when I picked up SevenDust aka 666 after installing a program I had downloaded from MacHutt [Adobe Home Publisher] - Disinfectant couldn't detect it, but Virex did (using the included 2007 defs).

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k PPC

68020 or newer CPU, Mac OS 7.1 to 9.2.2 - Virex 6.1 runs OK in Basilisk II, Mini vMac II and Sheepshaver emulators.

Don't bother with setting timed auto update features, as the virus definitions are officially no longer available for this version of Virex.

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MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2018, June 7 - 11:07pm

Are the 2007 virus definitions the latest ones available for Virex 6.1

See the comment above under Compatibility, beginning "Don't bother with..."

Virex 6.1 was considered obsolete by 2004 and these defs are from 2007. They weren't meant to be used with 6.1 - however they do work OK, but with SpeedScan no longer present. The 2007 defs are also needed in order to detect SevenDust (666).

If you come across newer defs out there (and find that they still work with 6.1) please consider adding them to this page. But otherwise, the 2007 defs were the latest working that I know of.

Tho' I expect that by then, script kiddies were no longer interested in writing new classic Mac malwear.

ltg's picture
by ltg - 2018, June 7 - 12:33pm

Are the 2007 virus definitions the latest ones available for Virex 6.1 or are there more recent ones out there? In the preferences, what should the update server and directory be in order to get the latest definitions?

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2015, October 28 - 2:01am

  I discover they are 7 virus for macintosh

Hi Scott. I think there are more than 7 Mac virus's (for example, MerryXmas virus which targets HyperCard ), but of those, the only one that I think actually does or is capable of really malicious damage are the SevenDust varieties. Of which there are 666-A, and variants from this strain 666-B, 666-C, etc; through to at least 666-G, each of which contain their own distinct unpleasantness. 666-A, being the most prevalent it seems. There is a good description of what this strain is capable of included in the 1st DL, and in PDF form (Manual link), above.

But its good to know that you are getting on top of your infected files and drives.

Keep in mind too, that Virex 6.1 does not check the contents of compressed files such as .sit, .zip, etc; - It can only clean files that have been expanded from those archives.

scott Praed's picture
by scott Praed - 2015, October 28 - 12:41am
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MikeTomTom I discover they are 7 virus for macintosh.

1. ANTI(Computer Virus) Infected up to mac os 8.1
2. INIT 1984 Infected the classic system. It will make you your system to reboot.
3. MacMag They found virus in year 1987 and 1988. It will put peace on earth message.
4. MDefA-D They found virus in year 1990-1991. This infected the classic system. This virus will destroy your system.
5. Nvir This infect the mac os 4.1 to mac os 8.
6. Scores They found this virus in 1988. It infect system 6-7.
7. Sevendust or 666-A This Virus in found in 1998. This infect the classic system. This virus will destroy your system.
I found this wikipedia encyclopedia on their website.
You should use the Virus 6.1 to disinfect the hard drives in classic system.
It found sevendust virus in my classic system.
I think sevendust came from my external hard drive. I am disinfect this drive.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2015, October 26 - 9:40pm

Yes, a big downside to Virex 6.1 (and Disinfectant too), is it doesn't look inside compressed archives (.sit, .zip, etc). So a point of infection may go unnoticed unless you check each archive once they are expanded - and preferably before you run any new-to-your-pc executable.

scott Praed's picture
by scott Praed - 2015, October 26 - 6:02pm
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I try the 2nd download. It work remove some of 666-A virus but not all. I scan all my hard drive for 666-A virus found some repair some. Virex 6.1 did not move all 666-A virus from os 9.2.2 system. I am using os x virus remover application call Virusbarrier x5. Virusbarrier is scanning and repair the files. It fix the drive on os 9.2.2. I am going have the virusbarrier x5 scan and repair all hard drives.

Thank you for all your help you gave me.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2015, October 26 - 4:39am

  ...virex is infected with 666-A virus.

@scott: Its not infected. Its your compromised system that is infecting apps as they are launched. I've added another version (2nd DL) above, that you should DL, mount and run from the mounted image.

Do not install Virex onto a compromised system and then run it. In fact do not install Virex at all from this mounted drive. Just run the installer and get it to check your drive (click the Scan button in the installer dialog).

Also make sure the .iso image is locked before you mount the .iso and run the installer.

Note: the 2007 defs are for Virex 6.2 - and it will complain about a certain feature not being available. But ignore that alert as this will still work fine as is, and it certainly will clean up classic Mac virus's including all variants of 666.

scott Praed's picture
by scott Praed - 2015, October 26 - 3:22am
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I download virex 6.1 and installed it. The Virex 6.1 said virex drop scan and virex is infected with 666-A virus.

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2010, October 20 - 5:06pm

Excellent job on this upload, by the way!

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, October 20 - 4:55pm

That's valuable information Mike, thanks. I'll update to 2007 defs then. Smile

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 20 - 5:15am

@Vitoarc:

The Snapshot functionality in 6.1 seems even more valuable today than it did years ago. That's it, no more virus definition updates. It's the main reason why I prefer this upload over 6.2.

Hate to be a downer, Vito; The 2003 defs do not pick up on the "SevenDust" AKA " 666" Mac virus Sad

I'd kept a copy of SevenDust in a non-volatile form for testing purposes and I hadn't tested it with the 2003 defs before. Just did and they failed to pick up on it. The 2007 defs do detect it.

SevenDust is about the only potential real nuisance virus for a classic Mac, I know of.

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, October 8 - 7:38pm
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Yeah, that's why I was hesitant to delete the preferences in the first place. It was close to 4 MB in size, which is huge for an old program. After I deleted the prefs, it defaulted back to the year 2000 definition, rather than the 2002 that came with the download. I updated the definition back to 2003 with no problem.

So that's where the definitions are stored. From inside the Preference file. Smile

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2010, October 8 - 7:33pm

Not a problem, always wary of this though. Make sure it still has sensible defaults. ie. it is still using the set of virus definitions you expect it to be using (rather than, worst case, none at all).

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, October 8 - 7:03pm
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But of course... and that did that trick! Thanks bertyboy! Smile

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2010, October 8 - 5:57pm

Don't suppose if you trash (or hide) the exsiting preferences file, it'll revert to defaults and create a new set of preferences with no password ?

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, October 8 - 4:43pm
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Thanks again, MikeTomTom!

Just a few comments...

- Once Virex is installed, one can update the definitions by using Stuffit Expander on the .hqx and then just double clicking on the file. Virex will launch and ask if you want to update the definitions to the file you just clicked on.

- When I click on Virex Preferences, I'm prompted for a password. I don't know the password so changes cannot be made. I am not sure if this is something to do with this download, or perhaps it's a carryover from my previous version of Virex 5.5. I don't think I need access to preferences anyway. Smile

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, October 7 - 8:15pm

The Snapshot functionality in 6.1 seems even more valuable today than it did years ago. That's it, no more virus definition updates. It's the main reason why I prefer this upload over 6.2.

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, October 7 - 7:28pm

Mike Tom Tom, regarding the 15000 K issue mentioned by me I looked up old information I scribbled down ages ago: It says that in order to prevent error code -108 raise the memory allocation as well as the recommended memory allocation to 15000 K. I think error 108 occurred when you tried to scan huge volumes.

Sorry for my bad memory: I haven't used Virex for ages. I switched to Norton Antivirus some time ago because it is more customizable than Virex and has virus definitions up to August 2008 and works well as long as you switch AutoProtect off. Norton Antivirus is downloadable here somewhere (I think it's included in Norton Utilities (which I do not recommend as a whole)).

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 7 - 3:49pm

@Vitoarc: YW Smile
And yes I think the v5x would be not as much use, too. I hope it comes in handy for you.

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, October 7 - 3:31pm

Thanks Mike! Another thoroughly informative and great presentation of an upload! Smile

I really needed this one. I've got Virex 5x but updating the definitions on that (to the more current definitions) proved impossible so it's basically worthless as far as I can tell.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 7 - 1:56pm

@xy: Yes, thats correct. I have included the defs from 2007 (your link) and '04, & '03 with this D/L. Its not the memory that needs cranking up that I can tell, its turning features off in the Virex 6.1 prefs to get it to work without nagging. Read the description above after "Basically it is because:" for reason why. Virex 6.2 is crippled slightly, compared to 6.1 (and my main reason for wanting the final 6.1 version of the defs).

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, October 7 - 12:39pm

As far as I remember the virex definitions for Virex 6.2 also work on Virex 6.1:
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/593/virex-6-virus-definitions

However, you have to raise the memory allocation to 15000 K (if I recall that correctly).