An important notice to computer users
If you use a computer for any purpose other than simple
recreation, there is something you need to do to help in the fight against
terrorism. It won't take much time and will make a world of difference in
how vulnerable we are to a type of terrorism that doesn't involve explosives or
chemicals, but nevertheless could easily wreak havoc on all of us.
What needs to be done is for you to make sure that your
computer is protected from viruses and that the software has been updated to
files newer than October 1st, 2001. There are several new viruses that are
particularly deadly and older versions will not detect the new viruses.
One, in particular, is called Nimda
In less than four weeks it has infected over 20 million computers and has
the potential of erasing every file on your computer.
For the more savvy readers, you can tell if your
infected by checking for a file named "admin.dll" in the root directory
(C:\). If it is there, you are already infected and you need to remove it
without delay, which can only be done by downloading
a removal tool
and using it, deleting won't help.
Infected or not, the only protection for your work is in
having current antiviral software running at all times. To check the
version you are currently running, find the icon in the system tray (down by the
time in the lower right corner of your screen). Right-click on the icon,
then left-click on "About". A box should appear with the software version
and the date of the antiviral definition files.
Many of you should be able to get the updates for
free. McAfee offers free "superdat"
to anyone running version 4.03 or higher. Norton's updates
free for the first year.
Some of you will need to purchase
. Either the version you have will be too old, your free upgrade
period will have expired, or you may never have had antiviral software at
all. To you I recommend that you not buy a suite. Suites include
other programs that can cause big problems and are not what is needed
anyway. Buy the straight antivirus package, which should cost about
If you are running ZoneAlarm or have had problems with
Norton in the past, choose Computer Associates
. Both are excellent products and seem to work well with
firewalls or small networks that share internet access.
Regardless of what choice you may make for your own
computer, it is important that you make sure you are protected. Denying
the terrorists the opportunity to attack our computers is just as important as
protecting our airlines, people, or property.
Please forward this to every member of your staff, chamber, organization,
or group. Add your friends, neighbors, and relatives, too. If you
care to remove the links to my business, I give permission for you to do so as
long as you leave my name as the author. It is far too important that we
get as many computers protected, as quickly as possible.
As of this morning, 29% of the computers scanned were infected with the
Nimda virus which will allow a second attack to do whatever it wants to on your
hard disk or network, including total erasure. If that is Nimda's authors
intent, over 30 million computers will lock up and then never reboot again with
no warning or notice, whatsoever.
Bear in mind that 25%+ of the world's computers are in use by large
companies and governments. This means that the odds are worse for small
businesses and home computers and as many as half of your friends and associates
computers are probably infected, with the number growing by millions every
If any of you should need any help with your computers, please visit my
website, email me, or call.