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Link Page Icon Posted 2006-02-27 6:12 PM
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i was wondering can any viruses infect an hpc or even worse, infect the host pc. if so i wascurious where i could get some anti-virus software.
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quiche Page Icon Posted 2006-02-27 6:50 PM
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This is my question too. I have a trial version of Avast on my NEC MobilePro 790. Is it worth buying it?
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CE Geek Page Icon Posted 2006-02-28 3:47 AM
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I don't think there have been any documented cases of virus infection in a CE device. From what I've heard, anti-virus software for H/PCs is just a waste of money.
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Hurricane John Page Icon Posted 2006-02-28 7:42 AM
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i was wondering can any viruses infect an hpc or even worse, infect the host pc. if so i wascurious where i could get some anti-virus software.
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I'm not an expert at this, but since the OS and the Pocket Office are in ROM. the worse that can happen is that you'll have to perform a hard reset to restore your H/PC to it's original state and then restore your data from the backup file that you've created and saved on a regular basis. I suppose it's possible for a virus to infect your unit, but it probably wouldn't have the devistating effect that the virus creator and sender are looking for....so why bother?

Of course, if you fail to backup your data and software to an external source on a regular basis....it could be pretty frustrating.

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chiark Page Icon Posted 2006-02-28 8:47 AM
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Given that people store passwords, usernames, financial details etc on PDAs, I'd say that the worst that could happen is that your security is utterly compromised by a rogue application/trojan rather than a virus. Proof of concepts have been written - http://www.bitdefender.com/VIRUS-35998-en--WinCE.Dust.A.html ...

Just be aware of what you're putting on your PDA.
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Hurricane John Page Icon Posted 2006-02-28 9:05 AM
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i was wondering can any viruses infect an hpc or even worse, infect the host pc. if so i wascurious where i could get some anti-virus software.
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I'm not an expert at this, but since the OS and the Pocket Office are in ROM. the worse that can happen is that you'll have to perform a hard reset to restore your H/PC to it's original state and then restore your data from the backup file that you've created and saved on a regular basis. I suppose it's possible for a virus to infect your unit, but it probably wouldn't have the devistating effect that the virus creator and sender are looking for....so why bother?

Of course, if you fail to backup your data and software to an external source on a regular basis....it could be pretty frustrating.


Will it make any diffence if the important data on your handheld PC is encrypted, by using say...HPC Notes by Phatware or eWallet by Ilium?
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2006-02-28 3:23 PM
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Heh, ironicaly I have an editorial that covers this all written up. It's not due to be posted up for a week or two though.

Chiark has the most troubling point, however do realise that the code was for CE4. Virus writers in the future will be more likely to go after the biggest market share - and that is to write against WM5 code at this time. So, unless they go assember, you have nothing to worry about.
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Link Page Icon Posted 2006-02-28 5:45 PM
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yes but can you accidentaly pass on viruses to the host computer when you sync?
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cmonex Page Icon Posted 2006-02-28 7:08 PM
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nah, those antivir soft are all outdated anyway. just update the PC one regularly.
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