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September 1999

WPCUG

Windsor
PC Users
Group

EXECUTIVE BOARD

President.....Bob Hedrick

519-978-0517
Vice-President....Larry Ruston
519-736-5969
Secretary.....Ron Hesman
519-944-7698
Treasurer.....Roy Harris
519-944-2144
Past-President....Dennis Doyle
313-886-3353

TXT Editor..Sandra Curran
519-948-3751
Web Master Bob Pajot
519-736-6868

CONTACT US:

WEB SITE:

http://www.mnsi.net/~wpcug

E-mail:

information@wpcug.com



Canada Post:

WPCUG,  P.O.Box 21053,

1613 Lesperance Rd., Tecumseh,

Ontario N8N 4S1

MEETINGS:

When: 7:00 p.m.

3rd. Thursday of each month.

Where: Windsor Family Credit Union
2800 Tecumseh Rd. East, corner of Drouillard and Tecumseh.

Next Meeting:


The next meeting of the Windsor PC Users Group is to be held on:

When:

Thursday, September 16th..........

Where:

Windsor Family Credit Union

2800 Tecumseh Rd. East Windsor.(north-east corner of Tecumseh Rd. and Drouillard)

Time:

7:00 p.m.

Agenda:

Maintenance & Troubleshooting


We will look at many computer maintenance jobs that most users should do but never do. There is no better time to back up some of your system files than now when your system is running fine. Please Bring a formatted floppy disk for a must have utility program.


New Virus


W97M/Thurs.A or "Thursday" is a recent virus, discovered on 8/26/99. W97M/Thus.A has been given a HIGH risk assessment by AVERT. Though it spreads through sharing of documents, and not by automatically emailing itself across networks, it has achieved a high rate of prevalence very quickly.

The virus carries a potentially destructive payload that will attempt to delete all files on a userís c: drive on the trigger date of December 13th. The pattern of reports from multiple financial institutions around the world in rapid succession suggests the initial outbreak may have occurred through the distribution of a single infected document within the financial community.

Users infected with the Thursday virus will see no obvious indications that a document has been infected. However, because the virus infects Word 97ís normal.dot, the size of that file will increase from its normal 27K. In addition, the virus turns off Word 97ís Macro Warning feature. If a "clean" document known to contain macros does not produce the regular warning, this may be an indication that the system is infected.

McAfee VirusScan 4.02 and above with DAT file 4041 and higher will detect and remove W97M/Thus.A, or "Thursday".

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