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    I've had my Treo 300 for 2 weeks and today for some unknown reason while it was in my case, I heard the tone that it makes when it does "good-bye" Sprint to disconnect. Then I look and its completely dead. Nothing! So I figured that for some reason maybe it ran out of batter power, but it was fully charged this morning. When I plugged in the power when I got home, to my utter disappointment, it booted up from a hard reset. Argh!!

    Then I see an email in my PC mailbox from an "AnnaRMarcelli" about palm OS virus alert. The text of the email is below. And I did just purchase TreoSMS300 on PalmGear, which the message says could have delivered the Ben Laden virus. Has anyone else gotten this? Does this virus software work? Does it clean the virus from the PC as well, so that when I re-install everything, I wont have the virus hotsynced again? This is a bummer. Anyone else experienced this? Thanks. Mark.

    Here's the email I received from AnnaRMarcelli <AnnaRMarcelli@BonBon.net>:

    This virus affects handheld devices running the PalmOS operating system. This includes devices manufactured by Palm, Handspring, IBM, TRG, and Symbol Technologies.
    When activated, the virus deletes all application files on the device and then formats it.
    The virus is generally installed to a PalmOS device from a host computer during a HotSync operation. It can also be beamed from one Palm device to another via infrared. It is possible for OmniSky wireless internet users to receive this virus via e-mail as an attachment.
    The virus was initially distributed on PalmGear.
    To remove the virus from Palm, please use PalmOS Antivirus.
    The PalmOS Antivirus will scan your Palm for the Ben Laden virus. If Ben Laden is found, the tool will remove the copies of the virus found on the Palm.

    The latest version of PalmOS Antivirus is available for download at

    http://nordcom.pda.tucows.com/filespalm/antivir.zip
    http://corecomm.pda.tucows.com/filespalm/antivir.zip
    http://eunet.pda.tucows.com/filespalm/antivir.zip
    http://download.handango.com/sharewa...15/antivir.zip
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    There is no such thing as PalmOS antivirus software.
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    I've never used any but for example, what is this vapor ware???

    http://www.trendmicro.com/en/product...e/overview.htm
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    "PalmOS antivirus" ... and ... "The latest version of PalmOS Antivirus is available for download at..."

    This is what indicates to me that it is a hoax. No mention in the email was made of the software you mention.
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    i would not be too quick to say 'no such thing', although certainly they don't seem to be widespread. but as a rule of thumb, whenever you have a programmable and upgradable computer of any kind, which palms and treos are, somebody can and will figure out a way to try to attack it, if only for their own amusement. just like all communications media have at one time or another been used for 'pornography', starting with cave drawings.
    Change is a challenge to the adventurous, an opportunity to the alert, a threat to the insecure.
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    Originally posted by Llynx
    "PalmOS antivirus" ... and ... "The latest version of PalmOS Antivirus is available for download at..."

    This is what indicates to me that it is a hoax. No mention in the email was made of the software you mention.
    You said that there was no such thing as palm antivirus software and I beg to differ!!!
    I agree that this was probably a hoax and I don't believe that there is a need at the present time for us to utilize anti virus software on our treos. I am just pointing out that it does exist and this was one example of an available software and I can list several others if you would like!!!!
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    I never knew it, but this has prompted me to look for "Palm antivirus software". So far, I've found TrendMicro's pc-cillin has a palm version you can download at: http://www.trendmicro.com/download/p...sp?productid=2
    Mcafee also claims to include PDA antivirus modules in their package. Anyway, I've downloaded both the "Palm Antivirus" from one of the sites mentioned in my first post of this thread and installed and ran it. The trial version scans everything on the Treo but says it only looks for one of the viruses, I forget the name. From stuff that I've read, there are currently 4 known viruses that could show up on Palm PDAs. "ben laden" is the latest. I'm only quoting what I've read. Also, I just downloaded and ran the TrendMicro Palm Antivirus software from the page I mention above. It runs and scans everything on the Treo. When I click on the "virus info" button, it lists only 3 viruses that it knows about. I emailed TrendMicro to ask if they are aware of a ben laden virus and if so will they add it to their product. BTW, the TrendMicro product didn't seem to say anything about being a trial version. I suspect though that if it finds a virus it wont remove it unless you're registered.

    In any event, I'm puzzled as to why my Treo 300 ran out the battery power and caused a hard reset. Is this what happens when the battery is drained completely? I'm amazed that the batter drained in just a half day with not much use. I suspect that I had a datebook alert show up while it was in my case. I didn't answer the alert, and maybe for some reason after about 40 minutes, the power drained. The treo seemed a bit warm when I heard the "goodbye" tone and took it out of the case. So maybe the alert caused the light to stay on indefinitely for some reason. I have the turn-off time set to 2 minutes though. Has anyone heard of this happening on the Treo 300? Thanks.
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    Originally posted by mharpen
    In any event, I'm puzzled as to why my Treo 300 ran out the battery power and caused a hard reset. Is this what happens when the battery is drained completely?
    There are circumstances where the battey can drain faster than you would expect. If the Treo is struggling for a signal, that will pull on the battery. If you have a data app that polls, it will also pull on the battery. And, yes, when the battery is completely out it wipes the volatile memory (your applications and data).

    Norton also sells Palm antivirus software. It's far from vaporware. Symantec knows nothing about a "ben laden" virus infecting palms, so it might well be a hoax.
    Peter Campbell * www.krazy.com
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    I don't know anything about anti-virus software, but I also had something similar to what is orginially described happen to my Treo 300 two days ago.

    The machine appeared completely dead. I could not turn it oun using the power switch. There was still power in the battery (as evidenced later).

    After attempting a soft reboot, the treo kept cycling through the first part of the reboot cycle, flashing the palm os logo.

    It was only after a hard reboot and erasing all of the data, that the treo appeared to be fine.

    I also run Treo300SMS as well as Treomail on my Treo. I don't remember seeing any strang messages though...although that is not to say that I missed it when it arrived.

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