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Computer Viruses, Worms, Trojan Horses and Malicious Scripts
There are bad people out there - protect
Before e-mailing any virus warnings to your
relatives and friends always first check the
- Hoaxes (Symantec Anti-Virus Research Center)
Before e-mailing other urgent warnings or stories always first check the following web site:
You may find that the latest "hot scoop" has been circulating on the Internet for years.
How we protect you
All of our e-mail messages, both incoming and
outgoing, are automatically individually
scanned by anti-virus software. This protects
our computer from being infected and prevents
passing any infections to you.
Our anti-virus software and virus definitions
are automatically checked for updates on a
daily basis to make sure we catch any new
viruses as soon as they are developed.
Our CUBA-L mailing list (as all other
Rootsweb mailing lists) does not distribute
any attachments or messages which are in other
than plain text, such as html (web page
language). This prevents distribution of any
viruses or malicious scripts through the list.
Please note that there are many other
genealogy lists, not hosted by Rootsweb, that
do not strip off attachments and can be a
conduit for virus infections.
Please DO NOT send any virus warnings
through the CUBA-L list - it is against
Rootsweb policy and list rules. If you
suspect a virus in a list message please
contact the list administrator directly. It
is almost certain that the message was NOT
distributed by the list even though the
words "[CUBA-L]" might appear in
the subject line.
We do not use Microsoft Outlook as a mail
client. Because of its popularity, many virus
attacks are targeted to this particular
software. If you do use Outlook, be sure to
frequently check for security updates
available to download from Microsoft.
How to protect yourself
Install Anti-Virus software on your computer - and keep it updated! New viruses are
being developed daily and you must keep the
software up to date in order to be effective.
If your software has an automatic update
feature be sure to enable it. Make sure your
anti-virus software is enabled to scan all
Do periodic backups of your hard disks at
least once weekly. That way, if a malicious
worm wipes out your entire drive you will be
able to recover.
NEVER double-click on an e-mail
attachment to open it. Instead, right click
the attachment once and save it on the
desktop. This gives the anti-virus software a
chance to examine the contents of the
Do not automatically believe that the message
is OK because you recognize the source.
Several recent viruses steal addresses from
the "in basket" of the infected
computer and use those addresses to make you
believe that messages are coming from people
If you can identify the sender of the infected
message, be sure to inform them that their
computer is infected. Sometimes the virus will
corrupt the sender's address (for example
by adding a dash in front) to prevent you from
doing this. You need to fix up the address
before you will be able to successfully send a
If you become infected
If your computer is still operational, visit
the major anti-virus sites, review the
characteristics of the virus and download the
removal tool specific for that virus. The
major anti-virus software manufacturers (see
below) all provide these tools free of charge.
Run the tool on your computer to remove the
Update your anti-virus software (in some cases
you may have to reinstall it first), and virus
definitions. Then run a full scan on your
computer to be sure there is nothing left of
this or any other viruses.
Recommended Internet Security Software
WARNING: We DO NOT recommend "Norton SystemWorks". We have had serious problems with the "Go Back" Utility included in this software which forced us to completely reinstall Windows and all other programs on the computer. Symantec Technical Support in this case was no help at all.
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