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Offline Lisandro

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Simulate virus infections on your PC
« on: March 17, 2004, 04:36:43 AM »
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Antivirus Practice Lab

Simulate virus infections on your PC, and learn how they operate. (The "infections" cannot reproduce or damage your PC.) This program increases your familiarity with viruses; it can be used to train system administrators and evaluate antivirus programs. Note: You should install an antivirus utility before getting this program.

Anti Virus Practice Lab (AVPL) is a self contained tool that let you practice virus attacks and recovery from them, hands-on, in a realistic yet safe environment.
 
http://ftp.pcworld.com/pub/new/utilities/antivirus/avpl.exe
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Re:Simulate virus infections on your PC
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2004, 04:45:15 AM »
More information (http://invircible.com/avpl.php)

AVPL is a self contained tool that will let you practice virus attacks and recover from them, in a realistic yet safe environment. AVPL is the perfect tool for hands-on training for system administrators, security experts and power users with an interest in the field.

AVPL is designed to be used with InVircible. However, it can also be used to evaluate antivirus products in general.

AVPL is a significant contribution to the tools available to end-users who have previously been unable to evaluate the key features of an antivirus package.

In order for computer user's to appreciate the significant effectiveness of a generic, rule-based, expert system's approach, it is necessary for them to become familiar with how viruses operate in a computer. A major purpose of AVPL is to provide computer users with a near-real virus environment so that they may increase their familiarity with the types of actions that viruses perform.

AVPL allows an individual to "infect" selected computer programs in a virus like way, to install master boot sector (MBR) infectors to the hard disk, and to use the AV product of their choice to identify the simulated viruses and recover from them.

How "safe" is the AV Practice Lab?
Several points need to be emphasized. First, the "infections" produced by AVPL are ultimately harmless. The scenarios created by AVPL will not replicate. They can not spread through a process of spontaneous replication to other programs or disks. They will only affect the program files in a target directory selected by the user and the hard drive of the system on which AVPL is installed. Therefore, the user can be assured that only those programs and the hard disk of their system can be practiced upon with AVPL. AVPL will ONLY affect program files and the hard drive chosen by the user.

Programs that are affected by AVPL can be "cleaned" either through the use of the Uninstall option of AVPL, or through the DOS delete command.

MBR infections that were installed by AVPL can be removed as well by AVPL's Uninstall option, or through the use of the InVircible ResQ diskette.

Note:   It's highly recommended to download, install InVircible (http://invircible.com/iv_download.php) and prepare its ResQ diskette before starting to practice with AVPL.

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Download the Anti-Virus Practice Lab - AVPL here: http://invircible.co.il/download/avpl.exe
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Re:Simulate virus infections on your PC
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2004, 02:48:33 PM »
Hehe quiet intersting :) I do this with real viruses in virtual environment. For now i can simulate only Win98 environment,but when i get bigger disk,ill simulate latest OS too (for now this is WinXP). Its very interesting indeed,but i haven't got any virus with very destructive khm habit ;) Still waiting for CIH aka Chernobyl...
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Re:Simulate virus infections on your PC
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2004, 11:14:40 PM »
on windows XP Home it opens an DOS box and then terminates how do I use the program?
Intel Pentium III 700 mhz desktop
384 MB of RAM
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And a apple iBook G3 633 Mhz / upgraded to Mac OS 10.3.9 / 384 MB of RAM