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Windows-Help.NET Newsletter25 Sep. 1999, Vol 2 No. 38

 Experts Say Y2K Viruses & Hoaxes to Increase

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Computer security experts are warning that as the January 1 2000 date approaches, we will see an increase in the number of Y2K (Year 2000) related viruses and hoaxes.

There are Y2K viruses who use the 1 January 2000 date as a trigger for their malicious payloads, programs that gain entry to your system posing as Year 200 solutions (Trojan Horses), and Y2K related hoaxes.

Last week we were notified by Microsoft of a Trojan Horse, send in an e-mail purporting to be a free Microsoft Year 2000 countdown clock.

Here is the text resembling the e-mail:

From: support@microsoft.com
Subject: Microsoft Announcement
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 23:37:05 +0200

To All Microsoft Users,

We are excited to announce the Microsoft Year 2000 Counter.

  • Start the countdown NOW.

  • Let us all get in the 21 Century.

  • Let us lead the way to the future and we will get YOU there FASTER and SAFER.

Thank you,

Microsoft Corporation

Attached is a file with such names as Y2KCOUNT.EXE, Count2K.exe, or other names.

If launched, the virus program replaces the Wsock32.dll file on the user's local system, with a Trojan version that gives the user the unknown ability to send fake messages. The Wsock32.dll file is essential for Net connection. The Trojan also steals user identifications and passwords.

Optimizing Microsoft Word 2000

This Microsoft Knowledge Base Article offers some detailed advice on the following toppics:

  • Use Disk Defragmenter to Speed Up Your Hard Disk
  • Optimize Virtual Memory Use
  • Set Your Computer to Use Fewer Fonts
  • Consider Setting Your Display Monitor to Use Only 256 Colors
  • Work with Word and Files on Uncompressed Drives
  • Work with Files on a Local Hard Disk Drive
  • Turn Off "Use Printer Metrics to Lay Out Document" to Improve
        Scrolling Speed
  • Don't Use Wallpaper on a Low-Memory Computer
  • Use Background Saves
  • Turn Off Background Spelling and Grammar Checking
  • Use Word 97-2000 Converter Instead of Saving to Word for
        Windows 95 or Word 6.0 for Windows
  • Change the View in Word and View Settings
  • Adjust Your System to Speed Up Printing
  • Turn Off Outlook Journaling
  • Change the Windows Desktop Themes
  • Turn Off the Mouse Scheme
  • Increase BitMapMemory
  • Increase Cache Size
  • Speed Up Downloading Web Pages by Not Generating Graphics

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    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability in Microsoft® Windows® 95, 98 and Windows NT® 4.0 that could allow source routing to be performed, even if it has ostensibly been disabled. The patch also includes added functionality to provide additional control over source routing.

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