birding-aus Is this a virus in your email or are you just glad to crash

Subject: birding-aus Is this a virus in your email or are you just glad to crash me?
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 14:32:33 +1000 (EST)
There have been lots of virus hoaxes and even some real viruses out there
lately.  Do your hard drive a favour and try the following advice
(thanks to Michael Norris, John Gamblin & others):

DO NOT OPEN any email attachments unless you are 100% sure of their
source.  Be ESPECIALLY CAREFUL of messages that sound like this
EVEN IF it seems to come from someone you know:

 "I received your email and I shall send you a reply ASAP.
  Till then, take a look at the attached zipped docs.".

The attachment could be zipped_files.exe which is the "ExploreZip" virus
you may have heard about in the media in recent days.  Some sources call
it a "Worm" virus, which is something a little different, but nasty by any
name.  Happy99 and Melissa are two other viruses being sent round through

It is also good policy to run anti-virus software and update it regularly.
Your ISP or workplace SHOULD provide free updates.

Attachments are discouraged on birding-aus - PLEASE DON'T USE THEM! 
Remember - the simplest, safest policy is to NEVER open (or click)
attachments.  You should also have your mail reader set up so that
attachments are NEVER opened on arrival/download.

Good luck!

Russell Woodford
Birding-aus List Maintainer

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