BADTRANS VIRUS

Another virus making the rounds these days. BADTRANS is the usual – arrives as an e-mail attachment, sends itself back out to lots of people with your name on the message as the sender, does a couple of dirty deeds on your computer. If you’re infected,...

NORTON ANTIVIRUS 2002

Generally I’m happy with Norton Antivirus 2002. It installs like a dream, the e-mail scanning works, and it’s easy to update. But here’s an interesting side-effect. I just set up a new Dell Dimension 8200 – a very nice, very fast computer....

TERRORIST LEGENDS

The Register has a good article about the various urban legends that have circulated by e-mail since the terrorist attacks. Most of them will be familiar: the doctored photos, messages warning about the dangers of being in various places, the significance of the...

URBAN LEGENDS AND VIRUS HOAXES

When I get e-mail messages that don’t smell right, the web site I check first is the Urban Legends site at About.com. You’re likely to find solid information about any e-mail chain letter that comes your way, as well as the hundreds of virus hoaxes that...

SIRCAM VIRUS WARNING

SirCam is a widely distributed virus. Within the next four days, you’d like to become very confident that you’re not infected with it. According to one analysis of SirCam’s code, every year on Oct. 16 the worm will delete all the files and folders...

NORTON ANTIVIRUS 2002

Last year’s version of Norton Antivirus was a fine piece of work – easy to use, easy to keep updated, and way ahead of the mish-mash of products put out by Mcafee. But it had a couple of problems: its method of scanning e-mail was clumsy and frequently...