Jeff Claggett (jclagget@BELLSOUTH.NET)
Sun, 5 Oct 1997 01:16:57 -0400
The virus in your email HOAX has been around since the days of the BBS
and FidoNet. GoodTimes is the biggest name going, but with the growth of
the Internet, GoodTime's name has gotten out and people know it. As things
stand right now the only way such a virus could infect your system is if
it was sent to you as a file atachment and you ran that file atachment.
Remember also that if you are sent a Word DOC file version of MS Word that
you could fall subject to a 'Word Macro Virus'. This is where the nasty
stuff is inserted into a word doc file as a 'AutoLoad' macro. Load the
file and it happens.
Quick mini explaination on why this cannot work. When you view an email
message, you are viewing text in your email client, your email client is
what is running in memory, not the text. For an infected email
message(sic) to hurt your system the computer would have to be able to
execute(run) the text in the email message just like it runs a normal
Just a quick message to kinda get out a few facts.
Jeff Claggett Valdosta, GA
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