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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-27-2001, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: DanaDate: 7/27/2001 6:20 PM
Hi everyone--okay, I'm back!
 
Interesting story about this you might want to be aware of. The Viruses that hit me made it past MSN Hotmail McAfee download scan and my ISP scans (@Home through Shaw cable in Canada), both of whom are supposed to have the latest anti-virus stuff. In speaking with technicians at Compaq on Tuesday and Shaw last night, there are apparently multiple variants of the sirc virus, and of course any virus scan, no matter how sophisticated or expensive, is only as good as the most current knowledge the anti-virus staff has and the timeliness of their updates. Anything new that they haven't seen or figured out can get past even MSN. Moral of the story?--risk is everywhere, especially on the 'net!
 
As you might imagine, I get many emails each day asking me for input or advice on things--that's how the sirc fooled me. From here forward I won't be downloading attachments unless I can be 99% certain (nothing is 100%, right?) that they are clean, so if you are planning to send me anything with an attachment please be very explicit in your subject line--that will help me out a lot!
 
Since I send out the newletter as email attachments, I too will continue to make certain that 1) my subject lines are very clear that it is a newlstter coming from me; 2) I have and use the latest anti-virus technology that I can get my hands on. Additionally, I will post here on this BB that you can expect a newsletter attachment on a particular date. As well, I would encourage everyone to make certain that they have, use and regularly update their anti-virus software and DAT files.
 
Now, let's get back to the fun stuff!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-28-2001, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: BrianKempkesDate: 7/27/2001 11:54 PM
Glad to hear your computer has recovered. This virus kicked a lot of computers butts. For anyone else with sir-cam virus problemsor haven't got it yet but want to protect against it, patch is available on microsoft web site and good faq and links available on zdnet.com web site,click on virus'(scary thought) and read info on how to fix. Best advice, update firewall, anti-virus and watch what emails you open. And wouldn't it be nice to catch the A$$hole who started this and take him for a long walk on a short pier. I goin' fishin'
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