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Subject: UKNM: The final word from the horse's mouth [Fwd: FW: Virus Warning]
From: Duncan Macmillan
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 11:00:28 GMT

[Moderator's Note: This was forwarded by Duncan, from Ray Bellis]

From: Ray Bellis <rpbatcommunity [dot] net [dot] uk>
Reply-To: Ray Bellis <rpbatcommunity [dot] net [dot] uk>
To: Jan Mckenty <janaticonsoft [dot] co [dot] uk>
Subject: Re: FW: Virus Warning

On Thu, 19 Mar 1998, Jan Mckenty wrote:

> You might like to forward this to your people.

Please *ignore* any such 'warning' messages of this nature, they are
hoaxes :-(

The only way for an e-mail message to infect your system is if you
actually open an included attachment after receiving it. Simply opening
the body of the message inside your mail program is *not* sufficient to
trigger any virus contained inside an attachment.

A '.exe' attachment might contain a traditional virus and a '.doc' file
might contain a 'macro-virus'. If your system does try to automatically
display '.doc' attachments then it might be prudent to disable that
facility, but in any case the standard recommendation would be to install

good anti-virus software on your PC in order to protect against infection
whatever the source.

NB: Technically, a program which immediately deletes your hard drive is
actually a 'trojan horse' and not a 'virus', since if it destroys your
system it can't possibly spread.

Of course it could be argued that the current 'warnings' are themselves
viral in nature, since they appear to be more virulent in the way they
spread from one person to the next than any known 'real' virus.


Ray Bellis, MA(Oxon) - Technical Manager - Oxford CommUnity Internet plc
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