Re: Virus?

Subject: Re: Virus?
From: (David Torr)
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 1998 08:25:17 +1100
     There are no generic email viruses - there are too many email systems, 
     operating systems, processor types etc.
     It is quite possible to use email to distribute a specific virus - eg 
     a "free" program that if you run it may infect a type of computer - 
     but if it were a Win95 virus the program would not run on Macs. And 
     you would only be infected if you ran the program - which in general 
     is a specific action you have to take.
     More dangerous may be the Word (and other application) viruses - 
     becasue many people are more suspicious of programs but accept a Word 
     document. But again - you are at risk only if you open the document.
     The solution is relatively simple - a good virus scanner will catch 
     most viruses - I run VShield and that picked up the recent virus in 
     this group. None are 100% effective, so if in doubt - don't open 
     attachments = but you can read your mail.

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Subject: Virus?
Author:  daly <> at ~pau-smtp
Date:    08/4/98 15:07

How can you send a virus via email unless you are sending someone 
software? An email message cannot contain a virus, only games and 
downloaded software contain such things, or I am I wrong? There are 
frequent bogus virus alarms on the net.

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