And precisely how will a rogue program (a "virus") manage to get itself into the position to be able to modify any of those files? Or, perhaps, even to see them or know that they exist? hmmmm?
Answer: it won't.
access denied. Game Over.
There's one, and only one, reason why Windows systems have "anti-virus" software. It's because everyone and his grandmother (literally) runs as an all-powerful Administrator. There's not a shred of file-protection to be found anywhere... that is to say, no protection that is turned on! Marvelous locking-mechanisms are available, but they are not activated. Why? I have no idea, but it is so.
In Linux and OS/X installations, by default the file-protection is turned-on. System files cannot be modified by ordinary users. It makes all the difference in the world: the door is locked.
Last edited by sundialsvcs; 11-28-2006 at 10:54 PM.