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Windows-Help.NET Newsletter11 Dec. 1999, Vol 2 No. 49

 Y2K Viruses Appear

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

In the past week the first Y2K related viruses started to appear. These viruses are Y2K related because they disguise themselves as a Y2K fix, or they trigger events when the computer is first booted after the January 1 2000 date, thus giving users the impression that whatever happens is the result of the so called Y2K bug, instead of a virus.

Experts think that the number of viruses to be released before the end of this year will reach between 500 - 1000.

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself. To begin with, stop opening files attached to emails, even (because of the Melissa-like viruses) when that email comes from someone you know!

Make it clear to your friends, and if you really need to share documents or other files, send an advanced notice from what you are going to send them next.

To help you combat the onslaught of viruses, Microsoft and leading anti-virus firms are providing free 90-day trial versions of anti-virus software to consumers preparing for the year 2000. The software can be found on Microsoft's Year 2000 Web site through December 31.

If you are a resident of the USA or CAN, we have another incredible offer for you: Norton AntiVirus 2000 for FREE (after rebates) - offer expires December 31, 1999. This offer is available, along with quite a few other free-after-rebate offers, from our Freebate Center.

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ShieldsUP! Test Your Security

Gibson Research's ShieldsUP! site tests your system for security from your browser. Simply clicking a button at the site causes it to benignly test your machine for common configuration faults that could open your machine to attack. It then gives you a full report on your machine's security. But best of all, it gives you all the information you need to secure your machine, with no-cost configuration options or with aftermarket hardware and software security products, with reviews of four commercial (personal) firewall packages.

Then you can continue to the Fortify Web site to test your browsers SSL Encryption level. Don't let the title fool you (Fortify for Netscape), it works perfect for Microsoft browsers too.

Free* Software from our Freebate Center!

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Time to Upgrade Your Video Card!

Geforce Choices - The best video cards ever have hit the shelves!


Dual Monitors with Your Windows PC

Dual Monitors for your Windows PC can provide lots of extra space to work or play!


PowerToys 3.0 for Handheld PCs

The latest version of this collection of unsupported applications for Handheld PCs powered by Windows CE contains: Pocket Registry Editor, Flight Scheduler, Business Cards, Quick Start Menu, PIM Transfer, File Associate, Sounds, and Network Utilities.



VisualRoute is a visual traceroute program that automatically analyzes connectivity problems. Simply enter the address of an Internet server to retrieve the IP address and view the traceroute on a map of the world. In just a few seconds, the number of hops, error messages, locations, and network names are returned and logged to a text file.

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Windows Tip
Preview Media Files (in Windows Explorer)

It's possible to "preview" media files (wav, midi, avi, mov, mpg) in Windows Explorer, if you have Internet Explorer 4.x or 5.x installed with the Desktop Update.

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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "Server-side Page Reference Redirect" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability in Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.01, 5 and 5.01, that could allow a malicious web site operator to view a file on the computer of a visiting user, provided that the web site operator knew the name and folder of the file.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01

More information

Patch Available for "Malformed Resource Enumeration Argument" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® Windows NT®. The vulnerability could cause a Windows NT machine to stop responding to requests for services.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition

More information

  Web site updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: W97M.Thus.A virus (Thursday virus) to activate December 13
Added: Patch Available for "Server-side Page Reference Redirect" Vulnerability
Added: Patch Available for "Malformed Resource Enumeration Argument" Vulnerability
Added: Time to Upgrade Your Video Card!
Updated Internet Humor Page
Updated: Windows 9.x System Resources
Added: A new worm, W32.Mypics.Worm, signals the arrival of the first Y2K viruses
Added: Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 5.5 Beta
Added: Dual Monitors with Windows PC


Windows 95
Updated: Internet Explorer 4 Tip: Security Patches

Windows 98
Updated: Windows 98 Troubleshooting: Dial-Up Networking Errors
Updated: Internet Explorer 5 Tip: Security Patches
Updated: Internet Explorer 4 Tip: Security Patches

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