tip for virus prevention
skinsley at interhop.net
Sun Apr 9 20:18:19 PDT 2000
Hi Judy and All,
Interesting post and theory on "virus prevention". As a dietitian and computer
techie, I'd like to find out more about your dad's rationale, though, Judy,
before I can buy into it. Whether it is opened by a "viewer" or the full
software program, the file is still opened, and to my knowledge, opening the
file is what unleashes the virus. If your dad has more detail to support this
theory, I'd love to hear from him. News like this would put the antivirus
companies out of business pretty quickly if it were correct.
Steve Kinsley, RD, MCNE.
Judy Doherty wrote:
> Hi to all
> In light of the fact that there was virus activity, I would like to offer
> the following tip to help everyone prevent this problem from happening to
> them - whether it be from a post to the listserv that contains an
> attachment or an incoming message from a friend that has the same.
> You can go to www.microsoft.com and download free viewers for Word, Excel
> and PowerPoint. Just click on downloads and then select the product and
> viewer. Follow their instructions.
> After downloading the file you will need to install it by double clicking
> on it. During installation you will have the option of selecting the viewer
> versus the real program for viewing files - select the viewer. Now when you
> double click on a file that came in as an attachment you will bring up the
> viewer to view it.
> By using the viewer instead of the real program to view files you can help
> avoid the virus from infecting your computer. This is advice my dad, who is
> a real computer guru, gave me.
> Of course, up to date virus scanning software is a must but this was
> discussed in an earlier thread.
> Hope this helps.
> Judy Doherty
> Executive Editor/Publisher
> Communicating Food for Health Newsletter
> Food & Health Communications, Inc.
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