My venerable 540c has begun acting up in the last couple of weeks, and I'm just a tad bit concerned due to the ever decreasing supply of repair parts and SCSI hard drives for it. I've been running an older copy of Norton (don't remember the version), and the machine began showing a virus with the scans. This puzzled me, since the machine doesn't connect to anything at this time. It was running 7.5.3, and soon not only were most of the applications showing an infection, the System itself affected. I had to reformat the machine, rescue what applications I could, save my documents and reinstall the OS. In fact, all of the applications ended up having to be tossed, including that copy of Norton.
After the reinstall, I decided to use the machine primarily for writing (it also was, but now more or less dedicated), and installed a small number of applications, mainly Nisus Writer, Tex-Edit Plus, Palm Desktop 1.0 (and the associated applications), and MacDOS (allows my Tandy Model 102 to use the 540c as a TDD). However, I needed to install a publishing app on the machine, so I pulled out my copy of Quark Xpress 3.2 and tried to install that. It took three times; the installer abended three times. Once I had it installed, I found that the application wouldn't launch; it said that it had become infected via a virus from System. I figured it was just a bad install, so I pulled out my copy of Aldus PageMaker 5.0, installed it. It ran once, with a warning that the application was modified by the System. Now, it won't run (Error 1).
Okay, folks, any thoughts? Just how many old Mac 68k virus' are there? Or is this the beginning of something... else?