scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: KAK worm warning!!!!
Sun Aug 06 2000 - 11:39:10 CDT
> Mike, thanks for the warning, however, the morning mind being what it is, or
> is not, I saw it too late to avoid having Mr. Strange's message in the
> preview pane of Outlook. Outlook did warn about the message being bad and I
> deleted it from both the inbox and deleted items folder. I ran a virus scan
> to be safe (I updated my virus software yesterday) and found nothing.
As long as you did not open the file to read it, you are probably safe.
> My question to you, which I'm sure the list would be interested in hearing
> the answer to also, is how did you discover the message was infected, and,
> are you sure?
Like Mike, my anti-virus software detected the virus when I tried to download
and read the infected message. What may be different is, in my case, I have
configured my anti-virus software (McAfee) to scan ALL FILES, not just programs.
With the proliferation of Word, Excel, and HTML viruses, any file is now
suspect, not just programs. As for being sure, yes - I read the message in a
safe manner and confirmed the presence of the KAK virus.
> This list is the only "public" forum I've ever subscribed to in my 15 years
> on the 'net and I must say the slow trickle of SPAM and rise in virus
> warnings is beginning to get to me.
Part of the problem is that people don't fully understand their virus detection
or e-mail software. Most people assume that anti-virus software will check all
files or that all known viruses have been identified. Neither is true. You need
to take an active role in seting up your virus scan software and regularly
update the virus database. Setting the software to scan all files offers the
best protection. Companies like McAfee offer free updates to the virus database
or signatures files. In fact, McAfee usually has a new file every month or less!
The other problem is that many e-mail systems are sending out HTML instead of
plain text. Since most HTML engines (Netscape, Internet Explorer) also contain a
JAVA software machine that can run and propogate viruses, e-mail has become an
increasingly available method for spreading viruses. If you use Outlook Express,
the fix is to set it to send your messages in plain text instead of HTML. This
option can be found under the Tools menu, Options item, Send tab. Not only does
it make your messages easier to read, you can no longer send out viruses like
KAK that attaches to e-mail. If you use something other than Outlook Express,
check out the help system for your e-mail and find out how to send plain text
instead of HTML.
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