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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000706.txt from 1999/04

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re:New Virus (skip if you know about security)& WSOCK
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 14:19:44 -0400

The WinSock programs may have have the "system" attribute set.
Try turning this off using the ATTRIB prog in DOS mode. This
*may* not work - some Windows utilities are apparently immune to this.
Roger S.

On Thu, 15 Apr 1999, Don Yungkurth wrote:

> Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 09:43:23 -0400
> From: Don Yungkurth <>
> Reply-To:
> To:
> Subject: [kl] Re:New Virus (skip if you know about security)
> Hi Mark,
> 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!
> You said:
> >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?
> >Turn off the "Javascript clipboard copy" on all except trusted sites
> >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.
> Regards,
> Don
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