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Sunday, April 28 2002

Computer viruses

Until last week, computer viruses were myths, hoaxes and problems encountered by others, not me. After all, I have a hard-and-fast rule of not opening any messages with attachments before scanning the attachment with my Norton Anti-Virus program. I hold fast to this policy even with messages from friends and relatives. And I have remained free of any virus infection for more than 6 years even though I have received infected attachments at least a dozen times. And, according to numerous scans by Norton, my computer still has no virus infection.

Nevertheless, I have a virus-related problem. Since last Monday, I have received more than 30 e-mails with virus infected attachments. The virus is named: W32.klez.gen@mm. The virus comes in files of many different names and one of the following extensions: exe, bat, scr and pif. Even though my email program, Eudora, has a special folder for attachments, some of the infected attachments have gone to sub-folders of the windows folder as though the virus has been programmed to hide itself.

In addition, this virus has sent itself to bogus email addresses using my address as the sender. Many of the messages with infected attachments coming to me have been sent by email post offices that haven't identified the attachment as being infected. However, a few have warned me of sending an infected attachment. Fortunately, I haven't sent the virus to any of my friends and business associates. I haven't sent any email since discovering the existence of the virus. That is why I didn't send an article to Jon yesterday. (I am sending this article on a different computer; I still don't trust mine.)

I have narrowed the introduction of the virus to my computer to two possible sources. The first is a business associate who assures me that she didn't send anything to me. However, Norton identified an attachment from her as being infected. Apparently, her computer is infected. The second source is a list I belong to. Someone with malicious intent sent several virus attachments to the list.

Besides checking the Symantec website about the virus, I called APT (American Precision Technology) in Johnstown and talked with Vicky Karson, one of the owners. They have been inundated with calls about the "Klez virus," as they prefer to call it. Some of their clients have opened the attachment and have crippled their computers. Her advice, which I had already done, was to contact Symantec, the owners of Norton and follow their instructions to clean up the virus. However, I continue to receive messages with infected attachments from email Postmasters who tell me they can't deliver the message I sent. Perhaps I am paranoid, but I am beginning to feel as though someone is out there aiming at me.

Not necessarily funny but perhaps amusing "facts"

1. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime
time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
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2. Coca-Cola was originally green.
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3. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
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4. Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
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5. The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

A closed mouth gathers no feet!

Sent by Mike Harrison

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