Virus Alarms


Should your computer be infected already or should you wish to check your computer for the presence of viruses, please go to the Symantec page at http://security1.norton.com/ssc/home.asp?j=1&langid=us&venid=sym&plfid=23&pkj=KBOFEPGEVVSDUXLXRHY where you will find a link for checking your computer.
Should you get an email message warning about a virus, please check http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html before sending a warning to all your friends.

Stopping the spread of computer viruses


For those who are unaware, many computer viruses spread themselves by sending themselves to everyone in your address book. Imagine how you would feel if you were unknowingly infected with a computer virus, and worse yet, your friends, family, and business contacts were being targeted by your computer! Well, if you want to avoid this sort of thing, here's a great tip: This tip won't prevent YOU from getting any viruses (you have to scan those attachments yourself before opening them to do that), but it will stop those viruses from latching onto your address book and sending itself out to others. This contact will then show up as the first contact in your address book but it does not have an email address. If a virus attempts to do a "send all" on your contact list, your PC will put up an error message saying:
"The Message could not be sent. One or more recipients do not have an e-mail address. Please check your Address Book and make sure all the recipients have a valid e-mail address." You click on OK and the offending (virus) message would not have been sent to anyone. Of course no changes have been made to your original contacts list. The offending (virus) message may then be automatically stored in your "Drafts" or "Outbox" folder. Go in there and delete the offending message. Problem is solved and the virus did not spread. Try this and pass it on to your email contacts. The more people who use this technique, the less vulnerable we will be to viruses that spread themselves in this manner!
Thank you.
The above was supplied by Fred Schreiner at

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