Antiviral Patch

Item

Image ArmoredVest.jpg
Description Somewhere between home-brewed and bleeding edge, you probably shouldn't expect this sort of patch to last very long. In the meantime, though, it should protect you from the most common viruses on the Net. If you're lucky, it might even catch some other attacks that target the same security vulnerabilities.
Type Data
Use You install the latest bleeding edge antiviral patching. Even if it doesn't break, it won't be bleeding edge for long, so you should probably practice unsafe browsing while it lasts.

Or, if you have a different Patching Effect active:
You're already up-to-date in theory. Applying another patch on top of it will probably just make a mess of things. (not consumed, no effect)
Multi You slap on a whole collection of different antiviral patches, on the principle that at least one of them should last long enough to protect you from whatever viruses are out there. Hopefully them crashing one at a time won't slow down your systems too much.

Or, if you have a different Patching Effect active:
You're already up-to-date in theory. Applying another patch on top of it will probably just make a mess of things. (not consumed, no effect)
Effects Gain 20 energy of Antiviral Patching
(Hidden: remove all energy of Wild Virus)

Sources

Arm some Security Patches against Viral Code
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security patches viral code
= antiviral patch

Uses

Adds an option "Apply antiviral patch" to a virus-infected website. Choosing this option raises the alert level on a site, consumes the patch, and yields the following message:

You apply the patch. It takes some tweaking, but eventually you clear things up.

As an added bonus, you don't think this site should be able to be reinfected.

And with the Deputy Tracker installed:

A large block 'X' appears superimposed on the image of an old-fashioned badge. That must be the weird tracker you've got running.

You've earned 1 XP in Perception

where X = the level of the site.

Disinfect a Viral Mass with an Antiviral Patch
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Viral Mass Antiviral Patch
= Cleaned Data (math subroutine, 4 optimizing code, 2 orderly code, target search, file interface and network interpreter)
computerchip.jpg Unknown
GoldCoins.jpg This item can be discarded via the gang stash.
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