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From: "Administration" <>
Subject: [JENKINSON-UK] ADMIN - Virus information
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 13:09:42 -0000
I sent the message below to one of my other lists, and thought it might
be of help to some of you on this list. Please don't comment on-list
regarding the subject. Contact me privately.
I shall endeavour to give a few hints and tips regarding the virus
1. There is no substitute for a good, up-to-date anti-virus program
(I would recommend checking for updates at least daily, and 2 or 3 times
a day would be even better.)
If your finances don't stretch to one of the commercially available
ones, there are some downloadable ones at -
(note - URL ends .html?tag=dir)
Some are free, some shareware. Take a leisurely look and choose the one
that seems to suit your needs best.
2. Never open an attachment unless you are positive it is safe.
Having said that, some of the latest viruses go further and exploit
security holes in Outlook Express You may receive a blank e-mail with
an attachment, and decide
it is unsafe, so you delete it, causing the offending message to be
highlighted. You would then be presented with the OE window asking if
you want to run the file or save it to disk. Definitely - DO NOT run it.
If you already have anti-virus software, it should be intercepted before
it does any damage.
3. I would strongly recommend setting up a filter to direct *all*
e-mail with attachments to a separate folder. This minimises the
possibility of accidentally clicking on the message because you have to
first consciously open the folder before looking at the contents. Some
infected e-mails are arriving with real e-mail addresses, but the
sender's address is preceded by an underscore ( _ ) which causes mail to
be returned as an error if you just 'Reply' to it. To contact the sender
you will need to remove the underscore or retype the address. A filter
could be set up to deal with these messages.
4. If you do receive a suspicious e-mail, contact me if it could be
from a fellow subscriber.
If by chance your computer becomes infected, please unsubscribe from
the list and/or let me know *privately* that you have been infected.
Do not post virus warnings, or name anyone you have received a virus
from to the list. They are probably unaware that the message has been
sent, and the last thing they need is to be named and shamed.
5. Latest information from McAfee - The W32/Badtrans is a
mass-mailing worm that drops a
remote-access Trojan. The virus arrives via the Microsoft Outlook email
program and attempts to
send itself by replying to unread email messages. The email may contain
the text "Take a look to the attachment" in the message body and will
contain an attachment that is 13,312 bytes in size.
The attachment name is created in three sections, for example,
Dave Jassie -
List Administrator for -
Surname Mailing lists -
JASSIE, JESS, MULLINGS, DOBSON-UK
HUNTER-UK, JARVIS-UK, GARDNER-UK
JENKINSON-UK, MOORE-UK, WEBB-UK
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jassie/ - THEATRE-UK Web site
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jassie/armagh/ - ARMAGH Web
http://www.geocities.com/yshireuk/index.html - ENG-YORKSHIRE Web site
Greetings from Lincoln, England
***If you see someone in the street without a smile, give them one of
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