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20 Feb 2004

Computer Virus
Dear CyberDoc

The latest craze in e-mail worms is the Netsky worm. It is spread through the usual e-mail attachment route as well as through open network shares and via P2P software.

The darn thing sends out spoof mail to people in your e-mail lists and also searches your hard drive for files that might contain addresses.

If your e-mail address is on another person's PC and they have the Netsky Worm, then their PC can send mail to everyone on their list that looks like it came from you.

Just make sure that your PC is uninfected, install an Anti-virus program, and preferrably a personal firewall, keep your software updated and you'll be ok. You will also need to install critical updates, but the Windows Update Wizard can do that for you automatically if configured correctly.

So, just ignore the folks that claim that you sent them a virus. You can't give someone an STI if you're not having sex with them and you don't have the STI yourself anyway.

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01 Jan 0001

NN, my PC guy said the same thing, so I suppose it is safe to send emails again. I have a truck load of e-mails that I have to reply to, but I’m too scared to send any because of the potential of sending someone a virus. I’ll start answering them again tomorrow, but if I get any complaints I’m sending them all to you. :-) Thanks for the advice. Good luck.
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