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The message below is from Sue on the TSL list and
she states the situation quite clearly. The difficulty
is that the attachment may not show or there is a false
extension. It appears to have xxx.doc or xx.txt
but the real extension ( .scr.or .exe) is
59 spaces to the right. So even if you get a
email from a trusted source ( me or others) and
there is no message etc, be very careful. It will
also show about 29 or 30k as the size of the message.
So that is a dead giveaway in that there is 30 k
of message and it doesn't show up anyway .
I have also received a mumber of these and have advised
some of you of the problem. We will correspond to make
sure your computer is clean before resubscribing.
If anyone receives one of these virus transmissions
from a member:
A: advise the list of the name
B: send me the name and email address and
John A Hansen
Many of you will remember the "badtrans" virus last August. People seemed
to wise-up about that one, but now there is another _strain_ of the
badtrans virus called W32.Badtrans.B@mm and I have received quite a few of
them ... some from current list members. I am Bcc'ing those list members
whose computers are infected, so if you receive a copy of this message
without the [TSL] prepend, please quickly go to the link below to learn how
to clean the virus out of your computer.
You will NEVER receive a virus through the list, but if listmembers get
infected, their computer may send you the virus, which _may_ have a list
My Norton "anti-virus" program is doing a very good job of detecting, but
Norton doesn't seem to have a complete write-up about this one. They do
mention the file extensions etc., but they don't mention how the email will
appear or whether there is a message or not. My experience has been that
only one has arrived with a subject line from a list post, the others
simply have a "Re:" in the subject line. I have seen no message (but maybe
Norton is deleting that too) Most of those I have received have come from
Australian or New Zealand email addresses, so they must have gotten it
first. Also, I don't know whether my Norton is doing this (the write-up
doesn't say) but the email addresses of the sending computers is altered by
having an underline character preceeding the address, such as
PLEASE remember to make sure you have up-to-date Anti Virus software, AND
remember to update the Virus definitions regularly. There are a lot of good
Anti Virus programs out there (I use Norton) but they aren't any good unless
you update them.
You can read about this virus and how to remove it from your system
on the Norton Symantec site ...
Some volunteers from the society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
have established a wonderful new program for users of Rootsweb. These
volunteers will do lookups in their database and records if you
think one of your ancestors served in some capacity during the
American Revolution. These volunteers have more databases that are
available to them than the ones commonly used by the search engines.
The process is fairly simple :
Go to the DAR message board:
There are two ways to do that:
> message boards
> organizations and societies
Or if you want the easy way :-)
Address your message as follows:
subject : DAR Lookup > surname> location > dates
In the body of the message put the information regarding
Be sure to fill out the surnames box at the bottom since the
new search engine will be keying on that item.
Leave the email response box checked and you will be
notified when the DAR volunteers respond . Give them
a week or so to get to your request.
We really appreciate their efforts. This info can be key for:
a: joining these prestigious organizations ( DAR & SAR)
b: sending a request for the copies of the files that were
submitted and the information they have available.
Many thanks to:
Glenda Thompson DAR VIS Volunteer
Vice Chrm. Patriot Lookup
for organizing this effort and all the many volunteers that
are donating their time and effort to us instead of pursuing
their own ancestors,
John A Hansen
DAR board admin.
BTW: Please forward this message to other lists and boards
that each of you are involved in.
A word of thanks to each volunteer that does this work
and especially the one that responds to your post would
probably be highly appreciated.