Edward Pang has very kindly provided us with information on getting rid of the Win95.CIH virus, for those of you unfortunate enough to be infected. Hell of a night to be a destroyer skipper...
1: Go to http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/kill_cih.html and download the file.
2: Run Kill_CIH.EXE from the 'run' command or better still, download it to the desktop and double-click the icon. It will inform you if you have CIH (and will disable it from infecting other files), or will let you know if you're clean.
3: In either case, download AntiVirus Toolkit Pro from www.avp.com and reboot. Run AVT Pro, and it will automatically clean the infected files. Or delete the offending file (though this is not recommended).
4: If you are using a command-line scanner like NAVC, type 'navc /doallfiles /repair'. Make sure to do this from a clean boot disk.
There are reports of a possible "CIH virus" in the Adrenaline Vault's premature version of the main Secret Ops package. We are still working on absolute confirmation on everything. In the mean time the CIC has asked Edward Pang to compose this precautionary information statement on CIH viruses. There's nothing to worry about however, it does not appear that any other locations with the Secret Ops package may be infected.
The Win95.CIH virus recently came into the spotlight after April 26 when it worked to delete the CMOS settings on infected computers, as well as removing the first sector of the hard drives it infected (rendering the computers unable to boot up, as all the startup data was lost with the CMOS).
Most new computers are immune to the CMOS overwriting portion of this relatively rare virus, as modern motherboards have a physical switch that must be depressed in order to rewrite CMOS information, though the deletion of the first sector of the hard drive (containing bootup information) will hamper infected users. It is a memory-resident virus that infects every program that is run within the 32-bit environment of Windows, but does not operate while in DOS or Win3.1 modes, due to the 16 bit environment. Check http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/data/cih.html and http://www.drsolomons.com/vircen/valerts/win32cih.html for more information on the virus itself, and scanners to detect and delete the virus can be found at www.avp.com (AntiVirus Toolkit Pro was the first program to detect it in action), www.symantec.com/avcenter (follow the KILL CIH link), or www.drsolomons.com.
Note that the file must be run before it can infect Windows, and that it does not operate in DOS mode. If you suspect your computer is infected, perform the following instructions:
1: Download a command-line scanner like NAVC from www.symantec.com/avcenter
2: Put in a clean, write-protected boot disk into your disk drive and reboot the computer. Do this before the 26: it deletes files at this date.
3: Run the scanner, and scan all the files on your computer. It is only found within EXE files, however.
4: Reboot your computer. Download AntiVirus Toolkit Pro from www.avp.com and install. This scanner has proven effective in detecting CIH in all its incarnations.
Note: The SiN demo had this same problem. It set off CIH warnings. But it didnt have it in reality. McAfee says the Probability of having the CiH virus as Minimal.
The CIC thanks Edward and Hadrian for researching for this situation, however we hope that there is no need for these instructions. Again, we have apparently uninfected copies of the Secret Ops package in our Secret Ops Mirror page and there is nothing to worry about.
The main Secret Ops download is beginning to show up! We've set up a list of mirrors here.
We know that some people are upset that Secret Ops has yet to become available to download. Please be patient. The entire CIC staff is currently working to bring you conclusive news. Please do not flood the various WC forums asking questions about the situation. We already know what you want and we will have the answers here as soon as they become available. Thanks.
Today's fiction update, in the form of a third ISDN report, is up at the Secret Ops web site! Check out the cool Paulsen WCIV novel reference, somebody certainly did their homework...
Our media specialist Hadrian was able to come up with a great compact alternative to the new GameCenter.com trailer. He has encoded it in realmovie format (like many of our files in the Files Section). It's virtually the same, except 1.5 megabytes and can be found here. Our server resumes with GetRight, unlike GameCenter.
C|Net (being just full of surprises lately) has released a brand new SO trailer that shows scenes from the first mission and also shows the new Dust Cannon in action. The file is a hefty 10 megs but is well worth the wait.