scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Virus stuff
Richard C. Ickler (icklerr@EARTHLINK.NET
Sun Aug 06 2000 - 17:12:52 CDT
I was one of the lucky ones who opened Derald's e-mail and then found
the virus warnings. However, I was lucky in another way. I use Outlook
rather than Outlook Express. One of my options is to not allow ActiveX
when opening e-mail. This apparently prevented the virus from
operating. I checked for the files it is supposed to write and they are
not on my system. I did get a warning when I opened the message that it
contained ActiveX. Also, according to Symantec, the worm only affects
versions of Outlook Express which have not been updated. There is an
update to block this kind of virus on the Microsoft site.
Incidentally, I DON'T use antivirus programs since Norton SystemWorks
trashed my hard drive for me in January. Fortunately I had a 2 week old
backup so I only lost 2 weeks worth of information.