Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 11 Aug. 2001, Vol 4 No. 32

In this issue:

w   Microsoft Releases IE 5.5 Service Pack 2
w   Microsoft Updates IE 6 Preview
w   Code Red II worm going around
w   Featured Software: KoKo
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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  Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Internet Explorer Microsoft made Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 available for download in the usual quiet manner around August 2nd, promising improved support for DHTML and CSS and to fix a number of bugs.

Don't be misguided by the "Service Pack" moniker, the download will be for the whole package (as usual), and amounts to around 29MB when you choose the "Download Only" option.

I would only suggest this Service Pack for users of Internet Explorer 5.5. If you are running Internet Explorer 5.01 (see How to Determine Which Version of Internet Explorer Is Installed), I suggest you make sure that you have Service Pack 2 from IE 5.01 installed.

Microsoft published a list of "issues" fixed by IE 5.5 SP2. You can find more information on SP2, and a download link on Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web site.

  Microsoft Updates Internet Explorer 6 Preview

Microsoft has updated the Internet Explorer 6 Public Preview. I haven't downloaded this latest update, as it seems likely that the final build of Internet Explorer 6 will be ready in just a few weeks max. There are rumors circulating on the Internet suggesting an August 15 release, but the only comment coming from Microsoft about that date is that it will post IE6 for download on its servers before the Windows XP release date (Oct. 25).

If you are interested in the Internet Explorer 6 Preview, you can download your copy from the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web site.

  Code Red II worm going around

Last week I wrote about the Code Red virus, and how it infects Web servers running Microsoft's Internet Information Server. That same weekend a new variant appeared. This time it also leaves a "backdoor" behind in the infected machine. Also, a lot of broadband users are seeing suspicious activity on their modem lights. This is because this new variant usually looks for IP addresses in the same class network, instead of random IP addresses as the original Code Red did. AT&T has already closed access to all its customers pn port 80 (http service), leaving anyone running a Web server without presence on the Internet. Running a Web server from your AT&T cable connection isn't permitted under the use policy, but commercial customers are not affected. For more information on the Code Red II work, see the eEye Digital Security site.

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Recent Support BBS Postings

FDISK Terminology - Windows 98
AntiVir free antivirus program - Applications
Tiny personal firewall set up - Applications
RegCleaner Vs EasyCleaner - Applications
"Comments" column in Win Explorer - Windows 2000
Netscape 6.1 Available - Netscape Navigator


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Web Site Updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: Intel Promises 2 Gigahertz Processors By End of September 2001
Added: Ricochet Wireless Internet Service To Shut Down Today
Added: Trojans, Worms and Viruses, OH MY!

Added: Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2

Windows 98
Updated: Getting rid of those annoying Tool Tips
Updated: Windows 98 Second Edition Shutdown Problems


Intel Promises 2 Gigahertz Processors By End of September 2001

2 GHz Processors will be released, for sure, but will they be powering up your next PC?

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Ricochet Wireless Internet Service To Shut Down Today

Unless a buyer steps forward, Ricochet's pricey equipment is now only useful for a paperweight.

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Trojans, Worms and Viruses, OH MY!

What's the next dire threat? Can't we all just get along?

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Windows XP: On Selected Computers in September?

Reports are appearing on the Internet suggesting that Microsoft will allow certain OEM's (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to start shipping PC's with Windows XP pre-installed around one month before the official release date (of Oct. 25). This is nothing special: the same happened with Windows Me.

Description of Printing Speed in Windows 98 and Windows 95

This Microsoft Knowledge Base article describes printing speed in Windows 95/98, and makes suggestions on improvements you can make.

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