Virus makers continue to invent ever more cunning ways to sneak into your computer. This is evidenced by the latest assault on your computer's security, the Nimda worm. One of the worst yet, Nimda has spread faster and has done more damage than the infamous Code Red worm that preceded it. Like Code Red, Nimda is technically not a virus, but a worm
. It has the potential to infect PCs running Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or 2000 and servers running Windows NT and 2000. It spreads aggressively and has four distinct propagation mechanisms. Like many other worms, Nimda targets known security holes in Internet Explorer, spreading via email and the Web as well as through open file shares. It exploits the user's Outlook and Outlook Express address books to spread and, like other recent worms, is executed automatically when an infected message is merely viewed without even opening the attachment!
These developments mean that Internet users must be more vigilant than ever. Protect your computer by installing the anti-virus> and/or firewall software provided by the vendors below. Check the links below for more information about viruses, and don't miss Pam's tips on configuring your computer
to keep out hackers, worms and viruses (link will open in a new window).
Note: Blackstone Marketing & Communications accepts no liability whatsoever for any consequences users experience as a result of downloading and/or installing programs and/or security patches listed on this page.