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Re: [APD] Viruses and worms....
Some one that has the APD email address in their address book is infected
with one or more viruses and/or worms. This IMHO is inexcusable. Running a
computer without up to date anti-virus software is akin to sky diving
without a parachute or like [snip]
and a virus scanner then please go to
have your computer scanned for viruses. Once your machine is clean
disconnect it from your Internet connection until you have installed a
virus checker and a fire wall.
For many of the recent worms that have been going around, if you use
windows, just run 'windows update' periodically (we recommend weekly to our
clients) and get all the security updates -- and REBOOT when it needs to!
It doesn't hurt to check Microsoft's TechNet periodically and look for any
important security patches since for some reason they don't always get into
the windowsupdate system (!!). Blaster explotied some RPC (Remote Procedure
Call) stuff that had some holes in it, and you could have been infected
even with up to the minute antivirus software. Firewalls are not effective
by themselves either since many of the latest nasties come in on legitimate
services like web and email, so it is very important to use all three
(patches, antivirus, and firewall).
Fun Fact: Our company mail server (we are an ISP and telecom consultanting
firm) bounces an email message infected with SOBIG.F every 1-3 minutes and
has been for about 2 weeks now. Scary.
It's easy to keep up to date on these things now even if you don't fully
understand the behind-the-scenes reasons for the problems. Lots of info is
available at http://www.cert.org for the curious.
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