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Special Forums Cybersecurity Viruses in downloads/webs Post 27305 by Neo on Thursday 29th of August 2002 05:02:29 PM
Old 08-29-2002
on a related note.....

One of my friends owns a business and gets tons of email and he uses Outlook on Windows .. AND he opens every attachment.

I was drinking wine at his bar and he told me he could not boot his computer anymore and was going to reinstall the entire OS, wiping out all this files.

I said, "HOLD ON", pour a glass of your best wine for free and I'll fix it! He said.... 'yea, right'... here is the wine, but no one can fix this.

I booted this system in 'step-by-step' mode and found that his automatic antiviral program was causing this system to hang on start up.... he was one of those guys that has everything 'autostart'.... so I turned off these 'autostart applications' using msconfig and then rebooted.

Now, he could manually run his antiviral program. I went home to sleep off the wine and Thai food.

I stopped by a few days later and my friend showed me a list of about 100 infected files with many, many viruses. I say, 'perhaps you will stop opening all those attachments and executable programs from strangers'...... (before, he said he loved to open everything to 'see what it was!!!')... well, you gotta love it Smilie

He now tells me he never opens attachments from strangers Smilie Smilie

So, the moral of the story is that you and your company staff are at much higher risk from email attachements than a reputable download site...

Here is the advise about viruses.... !!!!

NEVER OPEN OR CLICK ON EMAIL ATTACHMENTS FROM STRANGERS !!!!
 
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WALL(1)                                                            User Commands                                                           WALL(1)

NAME
wall - write a message to all users SYNOPSIS
wall [-n] [-t timeout] [-g group] [message | file] DESCRIPTION
wall displays a message, or the contents of a file, or otherwise its standard input, on the terminals of all currently logged in users. The command will wrap lines that are longer than 79 characters. Short lines are whitespace padded to have 79 characters. The command will always put a carriage return and new line at the end of each line. Only the superuser can write on the terminals of users who have chosen to deny messages or are using a program which automatically denies messages. Reading from a file is refused when the invoker is not superuser and the program is set-user-ID or set-group-ID. OPTIONS
-n, --nobanner Suppress the banner. -t, --timeout timeout Abandon the write attempt to the terminals after timeout seconds. This timeout must be a positive integer. The default value is 300 seconds, which is a legacy from the time when people ran terminals over modem lines. -g, --group group Limit printing message to members of group defined as a group argument. The argument can be group name or GID. -V, --version Display version information and exit. -h, --help Display help text and exit. NOTES
Some sessions, such as wdm, that have in the beginning of utmp(5) ut_type data a ':' character will not get the message from wall. This is done to avoid write errors. SEE ALSO
mesg(1), talk(1), write(1), shutdown(8) HISTORY
A wall command appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX. AVAILABILITY
The wall command is part of the util-linux package and is available from Linux Kernel Archive <https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util- linux/>. util-linux August 2013 WALL(1)

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