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Re: O/T virus makin its rounds....be carefull
Since I own a computer consulting company that has experienced a lot of virus infections lately, I think I should breifly explain what the risks are:
1. Viruses are not only contained to attachments, downloads, and floppies. They can come in on CDs, and web pages. That is right, you can visit a web site, and get a virus from that website just by looking at it. The website owner may not even know they are infected. A case in point is the Nimda virus: It infects computers, and from there, can infect webservers directly, and other people from email, real nasty [img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img]. I saw it trying to infect my webserver farm one night, and have since cleaned several corporations webservers of it, who knows how many people visted their website became infected.
2. Viruses can piss people off. If you get a virus, and it emails itself to entries in your address book, corporate IT managers will block all email from you. So you will wonder why your freind doesn't get your emails. Freinds and family (not to mention customers!) will be upset, and may consider you rude [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img].
3. Installing a virus scanner after the fact is not always successfull. Viruses have been created that disable Norton, VirusScan, and others when the scanner is installed, thereby not allowing you to install it correctly. I have encountered this personally, and have to remove the hard drive of the infected computer, place it in one of my tech boxes and scan it manually [img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img].
Viruses are serious business, and getting nastier all the time, please, please save yourself some $ and headaches and get some protection now. Also, you MUST keep your virus updates up-to-date. If you miss one, and one of the nasty ones gets thru, it will disable your virus scanning sofware, or worse.
I do not work for, nor have any investments in virus protection SW, I just have seen so many infections lately, that I would venture to say 70% of you out there without virus protection, or outdated virus definitions (updates) have one form of virus or another on your machine [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
If you have specific questions or whatever, feel free to send me a PM.