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Old 08-21-2003, 12:32 PM   #15
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<<lest we not forget
a lot of the blame lies squarely with Microsoft>>

I'd be willing to place nearly ALL the blame on Microsoft. This lousy company has been so abusive of the general public for so long, that there is a very strong retaliation sentiment out there. Combine that with the fact that they have the sloppiest coding in the history of the world, and it is just a hayday for those who can't control their primal instincts.


<<If I have Norton, and update, am I patched? or do I need to do something else? (what did I just say?)>>

No, you still need to go to the Microsoft Update website and download the patch to plug the hole that this virus uses. Incidentally, you need to go to the Microsoft Update website daily, or at the very least, every other day, because new vulnerabilities are found that quickly. Or, switch to Apple or Linux, and don't worry about it anymore.

I just purchased a brand new Dell PC for my pastor. I took it to his house last night to set it up, and, being an IT guy myself, I planned that the very first thing I'd do is connect to the update site and get the patch, to start out on the right foot. I connected to the web (56K dialup), started to navigate to the update site, and WHAM! -- blaster shut the computer down. I wasn't on the web for 10 seconds, and it hit. Hadn't checked for mail, or anything. Very annoying.
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Old 08-21-2003, 12:36 PM   #16
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I have Norton Anti-Virus 2003 and Roadrunner has it's own firewall installed, but the little bugger still managed to worm it's way past them both (I had to use dial-up at work with my 'puter and that's where it happened, so maybe the firewall being down did it)

Interesting points of view on punishment... mental note... don't tick of Fiberglass RVers ;)
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Old 08-21-2003, 01:30 PM   #17
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If you get really frustrated, get a Mac next time. They are immune from this little bugger and from most others as well.
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Old 08-22-2003, 08:30 AM   #18
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Mac immunity

Mac users can rightfully be pleased that they're not susceptible to the now-rampant PC viruses, but if everybody were to switch to Macs, it wouldn't be long before some creep(s) targeted Macs with viruses.

It doesn't seem to be so much a question of sheer immunity - the virus creeps want to create a big mess, and when they let loose something like the PC viruses Sobig or Blaster, that they do, with PC's so dominant in the world.

I have a lot of respect for Macs, but the simple truth is that a devastating Mac virus wouldn't cripple the economy or bring down the internet -- but it would tick off a lot of graphic artists, etc. <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f4619fce09ddangry-smiley-035.gif/>

Of course, a big reason PC viruses spread so easily is that most PC users use Outlook/Outlook Express, so a virus creep can design his ''work'' much more easily than if we used a wider variety of email clients, as Mac users do.

There's a fairly good write-up about all this here:

http://www.macopinion.com/columns/tangible/01/08/08/

The article is two years old now, but the author had it right even for today - we may think viruses are bad now, but we ain't seen nothin' yet. :weep

It's the balance between the upside of convenience, and the downside of exposure to risk.
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Old 08-22-2003, 08:34 AM   #19
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I don't use outlook. :) finally I'm doing something right.
thanks to all your post, I'm catching up my updates. this may take a while. not my favorite thing to do. :wak
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Old 08-22-2003, 10:13 AM   #20
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For those who do use Outlook I offer this valuable tip:

Go to VIEW click on LAYOUT. Under preview pane - make sure SHOW PREVIEW PANE is unchecked.

(A preview pane is the same as opening the email. This is historically how many users got viruses in the first place.)

Hope this helps. :wave
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Old 08-22-2003, 10:13 AM   #21
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Orginally posted by Tom Martin
The article is two years old now, but the author had it right even for today - we may think viruses are bad now, but we ain't seen nothin' yet. *:weep
I don't know why more ISPs don't do what one of mine does-- they filter everything, and any attachments with a pif, exe, scr, extension gets quarrentined, and I get an email asking if I really REALLY want it sent through. I received nearly 30 such emails for that account in the last three days, telling me that their were SoBigs addressed to me.

I hate using Outlook Express, too, but I haven't been able to configure Eudora to handle my multiple personalities properly. :sad
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Old 08-22-2003, 12:27 PM   #22
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Fortunately only one of My multiple personalities has any computer savvy, and it's very little.:wave
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Old 08-22-2003, 01:42 PM   #23
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Outlook

So if you dont use Outlook, (or do) what are your other options? I am not very computer savy, and just do what I am told by my DH. I do use Outlook, but would always look for a better option if it helped. Of course they are all hooked up through the U of M, and things spread fast when one has it.
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Old 08-22-2003, 02:44 PM   #24
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* * * * * * So if you dont use Outlook, (or do) what are your other options? I am not very computer savy, and just do what I am told by my DH. I do use Outlook, but would always look for a better option if it helped. Of course they are all hooked up through the U of M, and things spread fast when one has it.
Deb,

I much prefer the style of Eudora-- http://www.eudora.com/-- which has a free sponsored mode (small ad in lower left corner). You can kill the "Preview Email" mode, which makes it ever more impervious to viri. Nicer quoting/reply options than OE, too.
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Old 08-22-2003, 02:50 PM   #25
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* * * * * * I haven't been able to configure Eudora to handle my multiple personalities properly. :sad
The key word may be properly. But I use Eudora to check 3 different accounts. e-mail me if you want to talk about it.

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