Complatency will get you everytime

Gerry Doris gerry at DORFAM.CA
Sat Apr 13 15:15:34 IST 2002

As I mentioned in an earlier message I haven't been plagued with a
virus/worm in quite a while.  I dropped several problem mailing lists.
Others instituted scanning at the list server.  Once my Sophos trial
ran out I switched to F-PROT.  I was beginning to wonder if it was even

My daughter uses a windows host (she detests MSN Messenger
etc).  I had an old Norton antivirus package on that system but it finally
expired and I removed it.  Strangely, the system had been a little
unstable and removing the Norton package made it rock solid.

It only took 3 days for my daughter to infect that host.  She was sent an
attachment via Yahoo mail that was infected.  Yahoo mail is web based and
doesn't go through my mailserver.  It goes directly to the host.  Last
night I casually installed McAfee's package and bang...7 worm hits in
different directories (two unique worms).

I sent one of the files to myself through my mail server and mailscanner
with F-PROT immediately found the worm.

I didn't even know she was using a web based mailer.  I thought all mail
was screened coming through my server!!!

"The lyfe so short, the craft so long to learne"  Chaucer

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