Re: A puzzlement: is this a virus?

Subject: Re: A puzzlement: is this a virus?
From: Dick Gaskill <dickg -at- AG3D -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 15:57:15 -0700

You didn't say, but since she's using AOL, it seems that your coworker
is sending the files from home. I'm not a networking expert, but I'm
wondering if it's possible for a file to pick up a virus while traveling
across the the internet. A file travels through a lot equipment as well
as wires. Also I konw that to handle the increased traffic, AOL has
recently added a LOT of new equipment and in a big hurry.

Regarding the Mac files, there is a Word macro virus that does *not*
require an executable program. I don't remember it's name, but I know
that the McAfee AntiVirus program does clean it off your system.

Suggestion. Try walknet (a floppy) and see what happens. If no virus,
check your network. Have IS run a traceroute and notify the sysadmin of
each to check for viruses.

HTH

Dick Gaskill

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From: Elna Tymes [SMTP:etymes -at- LTS -dot- COM]
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 1998 3:11 PM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: A puzzlement: is this a virus?

Folks -

A coworker sent me files in the last two days which caused my
Norton
antivirus program to report a virus it identified as WM.CAP.a
but which
the coworker swears wasn't (and isn't) on her system. She works
on a
Mac and appended the files to AOL mail messages; the system I
received
them on is running Win95 and Netscape. She says she's
occasionally
encountered problems sending files from Mac (Word 6.01) to PC
(Word 7),
but she has the latest SAM and another virus program and has
detected no
viruses.

Has anyone else run into a problem like this? What could be
going on
here?

Elna Tymes
Los Trancos Systems


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