|oh, and another thought on hackers (my we are off topic) most computers do not react to a hacker in any other way other than normal. and so, I would think programs would react to a large worm popping up everywhere... though I suppose it's possible that the seeker only would pop up when it neede to change something.|
I think that might only be partially true. Computers sometimes will respond differently to hackers, depending on the security measures. The MCP obviously didn't treat Flynn like just any other user even though he had the proper access - but then one could argue that the MCP was a "living machine" by normal scifi standards. There's a lot more going on in the program world than what we classify as normal computer function. The Programs are out having a good time when not needed, can do things that they weren't instructed, etc. So it seems possible that a hacker or virus presence would have an impact even though it might be transparent to us.
For example, if a common worm virus entered a system, Programs would most likely know that something was wrong. It would be instructing the emailers to do things that they know their User didn't authorize, but the worm could simply then choose to be a bit more forceful (threatening, torture?) to convince the programs to carry out its instructions. They'd like to eliminate the worm, but they don't have the capacity to do it, and neither does the system's Antivirus, until it recieves an upgrade enabling it to do so. Remember that Tron already wanted to take out the MCP, but he couldn't until Alan upgraded his code. This to us would seems just as if we updated our Antivirus and then it could deal with the latest infection.