Unit 180 <Unit_CLXXX at SputSouth.com> wrote in message
news:p59hit4t3qq7qa4od88v6f7agp6439u2oo at 4ax.com...
> On Sun, 29 Apr 2001 16:59:09 -0400, "maxwell" <mmmaxwell at hotmail.com>
> in bionet.neuroscience:
> >Theophilus Samuels <theophilus.samuels at btinternet.com> wrote in
message news:9chgts$mpf$1 at neptunium.btinternet.com...
> >> Do not under any circumstance run the attachment associated with
> >> I was very suspicious that this TOTALLY inappropriate message
> >> something malicious and a quick virus-scan revealed a hidden trojan
> >> This person should be banned completely.
> >> T.L.S.
> >Banning does not protect the clueless user from opening unscanned
> > that arrive from other addys/sreen names, however much the intention
> >Remember also, that infections can arrive from trusted sources,
> > and even the best buttoned-up system *can* be gotten to, at times.
> >If you're not backed-up, you'll regret it, whether it's the HD or a
> > that brings your system down.
> >Best to do your i-net work on a 'dispisable,' truth to tell.
> >Opening _anything_ without scanning with an AV having fully-updated
> > is jst rolling the dice.
> >Sooner or later, they _will_ come up craps.
> >Of course, since there's now been self-opening exploits sent 'round
> > mail, even scanning won't necessarily suffice.
>Where snipped following, I've nothing to add to your excellent
but find AdSubtract problematic (running NT4)
> Good advice. In addition, I highly recommend:
>> 1. Kaspersky AntiVirus, broadest range of protection I know of;
> uses heuristics and not just set virus detection (and will
> get those morphy ones). It's taking up less than 5 MB on
> my system. Scans mail and news databases, too.
> It's been rated best overall multiple times by the industry
> (see http://www.kaspersky.com/awards.asp ) AND by hackers
> (which I consider a higher accolade then PC Mag, et al).
Agreement WRT the raters, but KAV has in fact mis-identified a virus
file recently, as was noted in discussions at grc forums, and though
Inoculate Personal Edition has been renamed as eTrust and offered no
longer as freeware, it remains a great AV utility, that I've used with
much satisfaction. It has in fact on two occasions snagged virii that
eluded updated Norton AV.
> 5. if you aren't behind a firewall already, and are working
> from home, get the free personal firewall Zone Alarm
> (It which won't protect from viruses, but it WILL prevent
> unauthorized connections from implanting or using trojans
> to access your system, if you have been compromised.)
Also available as freeware is Tiny Personal Firewall, which is a
stable and secure protector, that I prefer to ZA, especially WRT to it's
leaner useage of sytem resources. Nice also in that the program will fit
on a floppy, and has complete rule-making configurability,
plus checksum comparison function of all installed software.
>> Frankly I've found that simply not using Micro$oft products
> for mail/news makes a much more secure system. I use Opera
> as a browser, as well. It's faster and has a smaller footprint
> than IE or Netscape, and won't expose you to ActiveX. There are
> certain sites it won't work with, so I have a stripped down
> Netscape as a backup. No way I'll ever use Internet Exploder
> at home.
Your opinion duly noted, while I'm very pleased with IE 5.01sp1
with full patches from MS. I'm guessing you're speaking of
NetScape 4.08 (128 bit encodingversion)