[Blueboard] INTERNET/EMAIL VIRUSES

Patrick J. Medina pmedina at ateneo.edu
Fri Feb 20 15:37:25 PHT 2004


TO ALL NETWORK USERS:

There are a lot of email-based viruses on the network
today.  These automatically send infected messages
to all the entries in an infected computer's addressbooks. 
These viruses will also use any or all entries from the
same addressbooks as the SENDER address of the infected
messages.

All these mean the following:

1.  Your computer can be infected and can be sending
out emails without your knowledge.  The solution to
this is:

  a.  Have your unit get your desktop computer an
      anti-virus subscription.  See:

      http://cng.ateneo.net

      Loyola Schools units should coordinate with
      the LS MIS Office.

  b.  Download and run the manual anti-virus program
      "sysclean.com" and its data file that starts
      with "lpt$vpn." from:

      http://mirrors.ateneo.net/software/win32/av/sysclean 

      Close all other running programs first and check
      back regularly for new versions of the data file.

2.  Somebody else's computer is infected and is sending
out emails using your email address as the sender address.
This is usually indicated when you receive email warnings
that you sent an infected message and you are sure your
own computer is not infected.  There is not much you can
do here except delete the warning messages.

3.  Exercise un-common sense and caution when reading
emails, especially those with attachments.

4.  It is better to use the web-based interface for 
reading Ateneo email.

5.  Keep your computer software (e.g. Outlook) up-to-date.

CNG is already implementing an anti-virus screen on our
mail servers for CURRENTLY IDENTIFIED viruses, but there
is no fool-proof solution to the computer virus problem as
new viruses appear everyday.  Knowledge/implementation of
the above points should lead to even better prevention.

Thank you.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Patrick J. Medina
Network Manager
Campus Network Group
Ateneo de Manila University



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