Computer Viruses and Hoaxes

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Subject: Computer Viruses and Hoaxes
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 12:29:11 +1000
G'day all,
Not birds, but following on from the current topic trail -
All internet users should be aware its a bad & nasty world out there and especially the PC/MS Windows users who are the target for +90% of both Viruses and Hoaxes. Mac users apparently are still rarely targeted.
The following URLs may be of interest to List Members-
Hoaxes information
Norton (Symantec)
Trend Micro
There are a number of commercial Anti-Virus programmes available (of varying quality) but a respected free one is
AVG and comes from
The commercial program getting the recent top marks (by a whisker) is Norton 2003 .. which even updates itself automatically
If your computer does catch a Virus the Web pages of the above companies provide free programs to clean the PC
Alternate Programs
There are alternative email programs to Outlook Express for PCs and these are infrequently targeted.
- Eudora,
- Netscape Messenger,
- Opera and
- Pegasus
and if you want to go to the full hog and want an alternate browser to MS Internet Explorer consider
- Mozilla,
- Netscape Navigator and
- Opera
These programs are frequently included on CDs attached to the front of popular Computer magazines.
Downloads are available via Tucows, Cnet etc
or search Google 
The BIG question is do you continue using Microsoft programs & the very latest Antivirus software or alternate programs that has no Antivirus software ?
General Info
Australian Newsletters that are worthwhile subscribing include -
- Ray Shaw
- About Seniors
                          and join the Computer Update Mailing List
- Internet Update from Tony Stevenson
Now back to birds !
Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
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