Update the .Mac virex definitions from inside an iDisk impenetrable network
Originally posted on my iBlog 9 September 2003.
Summary: I work at Lincoln University, a small university with a limited infrastructure and IT network. Specifically, their old network proxy prevented me from accessing my .Mac iDisk from on campus (and all the iSync benefits this would allow). While I mostly remain frustrated by this, I did at least figure out how to update my .Mac Virex definitions from my campus PowerMac. (While OSX remains virus free, it's a polite thing to do inside a Windows network.)
SquidMan must be on (authenticated proxy) [2005 edit: this was for OSX Jaguar and earlier---OSX Panther allows authenticated proxies to be set in the System Preferences.]
Using Safari, go to
(the address from the http connection preferences of Virex)
This displays a page with an address. For the August update, it was
I then pasted this into Safari, substituting
I then installed the file, which updated Virex!