Klarinet Archive - Posting 000705.txt from 1999/04
From: "Don Yungkurth" <clarinet@-----.net>
Subj: [kl] Re:New Virus (skip if you know about security)
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 14:19:43 -0400
This is probably going to be long, but you suggested contacting you if
having trouble with security. First of all, we have received and opened
Happy99.exe, sent by a well-meaning friend, obviously not via "Klarinet".
I wasn't suspicious, but perhaps should have been, since this person is
even *less* knowledgeable than me about computers!
>In MS Word, turn off automatic macro execution before opening any
>document. Don't open documents or Excel spreadsheets from people you
>don't know or even if it is from a person that you _do_ know didn't
>but they didn't tell you there was an attachment.
I've searched around MS Word and haven't managed to find a way to "turn off
automatic macro execution before opening any document". Can you help me
locate this choice?
>in MSIE Explorer 5. In fact, on any browser, go through the security
>options since those options will tell you what things _are_ allowed
>to run on your computer. Try & understand what they mean; if you're
>not sure, contact me privately and I'll be more than willing to lend
>a hand if I can.
Could you give me more detail as to how to do this?
>Doing those things I've outlined above will not guarantee that your
machine won't be attacked, but it >_will_ help. . . . . . . . I do run
a virus/worm checker weekly (right after updating it off the Internet via a
>site with PGP key) "just in case".
Would you explain the last sentence? What virus/worm checker? Updating
via site with PGP key? Just in case?
While trying to do what Dave Sandusky suggested in his note, I ran across
my "cookie" folder for the first time. I was appalled at the size of it.
Can I just throw things out? Should I assume that places like Amazon are
OK to keep cookies from?
I've also written to Dave Sandusky, since I was not able to do as he
suggested. I could delete the two files (ska.exe and ska.dll) but windows
wouldn't let me rename two (wsock32.dll and wsock32.ska). He stated that I
wouldn't be able to do the delete if connected to the internet. I wasn't
connected, but still couldn't do the delete. I haven't gotten a response
from him yet.
Any specific or general advice would be appreciated. So far, I haven't
noticed any particular problems with the PC, but I have the sense that some
things aren't happening as fast as they used to. Dave indicated that some
things will not happen until you do a start on Windows. I haven't done a
start in quite a while - perhaps since before we opened Happy99 - since
I've been leaving the PC on all the time.
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