On Sat, 19 Jul 2003 14:17:52 +0900
Peter Evans <peter(a)despammed.com> wrote:
We read that in Windows:
Running without anti-virus tools is suicide
if you use that virus spreader called Outlook (lookout).
I was using MS-DOS and Windows from 1991 until about one month ago. I
never used an anti-virus tool to check a Windows program, I never used
an anti-virus daemon,
As you and others have mentioned, if you practive "safe
should not have a problem. Anti-virus programs tend to give the user a
feeling of complacency.
Viruses, worms, and trojans can enter your system as an email
attachment, from an infected removable media (floppy or CD), or by
importing or running infected software from a LAN or even a download.
While most of the major software vendors aggressivly keep their
distribution sites clean, some have allowed viruses onto their
shrinkwrap products. Another way you can become infected is by using an
email client (eg. Outlook, Outlook Express) that automatically executes
embedded scripts (The Windows Scripting Host feature). And, WRT:
attachments, never trust them no matter who you get them from. I was
once sent an infected spreadsheet by department's secretary.
My wife runs Windows and also has never had her machine infected, but
she also follows my rules:
Never, ever open an executable attachment.
Always do a virus check before and after installing any software.
Remember that many Windows viruses arrive with double extensions:
Windows, by default, does not show the extension. This fools the
receiver into thinking this is a text file, but when clicked the system
The bottom line is that no system is immune to worms or viruses. And, a
good anti-virus program is a very useful tool, but not a panacea. Use
good common sense.
Jerry Feldman <gaf(a)blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix user group
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I've run windows 2k server, 2k pro, and 98xx without any problems
except the 2k server. I just explicitly block all non-requested access
to the machines and block all ports out that are not needed. 2k server
was a web server that has been replaces by SuSE 7.3 pro (of which I'm
am incredibly pleased with, after some incredible amount of learning
and research. I'm a mac man from the 80's. :-)), and 2k server just
has too many back doors it seems. Ripped up my firewall with out going
traffic in the neighborhood of 3000 outgoing connection attempts a day
at it's peak. Did traces and found most of them were going to m$ and
ad agencies. That's when the pop ups started on friends browsers. The
2k server had virus software to keep it up. Never any problems with
macs either. Os9 and x. x rocks but I've found lots of missing little
features since playing with Linux and BSD, and it's no where near as
configurable. Rock solid though.
So it makes me wonder how much of the m$ problems aren't intentional to
boost the revenue. Not downloading software you don't trust and
checking the extensions along with just common sense configuration and
checking the extension seems to to well. At least it has for me over
the last 5 yrs of using windows.
Just some observations.