Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
Well, by now you have probably all heard about the Melissa virus spreading its malicious mischief around the Internet. We sent out a special bulletin on the 29th of March. If you missed it, just go to our Web site and check out the News Headlines on the home page.
New variants of Melissa continue to spread as hackers try to outdo each other. Anti-virus experts expect the variant strains to continue over the next few weeks before the whole incident dies down. One of these variant strains is known as the "Papa" virus, and spreads by using an infected Excel (97 & 2000) document.
How to protect yourself:
Microsoft Office 97/Office 2000 applications including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are designed to protect you from macro viruses including the "Melissa" and "Papa" viruses and any variants. Macro virus protection is provided within these applications and is turned on by default. With the macro virus protection enabled, every time you open a document that contains macros, a dialog box appears and asks you to choose whether to enable or disable included macros. By choosing to disable macros, you will prevent any macro viruses from running, preventing infection by the virus. The virus is only activated if you open the attached document and choose to enable the macros or if your macro virus protection settings have been previously turned off when you open a macro-enhanced attachment. It is important to note that even if the document containing the virus is not opened, it could still infect others if it is forwarded.
Like I said at the time when the Happy99 worm was first mentioned, Beware of any file sent by someone you don't know. Beware of any file sent by someone you DO know. If you did not request a document (or file) from a friend, don't open it. Always check with the sender first. Of course, email attachments from unknown sources should be deleted upon arrival! And even if you open attachments (documents or files you received attached to an email), it's considered safe practice to first save them to your disk, and run an anti-virus scanner on them. But be aware that new strains of viruses are entering the Internet community all the time, and even the most up-to-date virus database with a major Virus Detection Software like those from McAfee or Norton, may not yet be able to detect the very latest viruses.
If you would like to know all the details of the ongoing Melissa saga, the hunt by the FBI for the originator and more, take a look at ZDNet's Special Report.
Yahoo! announced plans to buy Broadcast.com, the Internet's leading search and directory service, the top provider of TV and radio programming on the Web. The deal is thought to be in the region of $5.7 - $6.08 billion.
According to Jeff Mallett, the president of Yahoo!, three companies will dominate the Internet by the end of next year and Yahoo! aims to be one of them. Read more on Yahoo!'s Internet strategy in this Washington Post article.
Patch Available for File Access Vulnerability in Personal Web Server
Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability in certain versions of Personal Web Server running under Windows© 95 or Windows 98, which could allow files on the server to be read by an unauthorised user who knew the name of the file and requested it via a specific non-standard URL. Users running web server products on Microsoft Windows NT© are not
A fully supported patch is available to fix this vulnerability, and Microsoft recommends that customers download and install it if appropriate.
For more information, and links to download the patch, see the following Knowledge Base (KB) articles:
Q216453 - FP98: Security Patch for FrontPage Personal Web Server
Q217765 - FP97: Security Patch for FrontPage Personal Web Server
Q217763 - File Access Vulnerability in Personal Web Server