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virus alert

Dr. Christoph Grevelding greveld at rz.uni-duesseldorf.de
Fri Apr 19 02:40:47 EST 1996

Dear Schisto members!
The following message concerns computer viruses which are spreading through the 
internet. The following virus alerts were obtained from different sources and I 
forward them to you.
Do not get infected...
Christoph Grevelding

Subject: Internet virus alert

The following message was received from listserv CDROMLAN regarding a 
virus in a file called PKZIP300.ZIP...

A new Trojan horse virus has emerged on the Internet with the
name    PKZIP300.ZIP, so named as to give the impression that this file is
a new version of the PKZIP software utility.  DO NOT DOWN
LOAD THIS FILE under any circumstances!  If you install or
expand this file, the virus will wipe your hard drive disk and affect
modems at 14.4 and higher.  This is an extremely destructive virus
and there is not yet a way of cleaning up this one.

Subject: Good times virus

There is a computer virus that is being sent across the
Internet.   If you receive an e-mail message with the subject
line "Good  Times",   DO NOT  read  the  message,  DELETE  it
immediately.  Please read the messages below.  Someone
is sending  e-mail under  the title "Good Times" nation wide,
if you  get anything like this, DON'T DOWN LOAD THE FILE!  It
has a  virus that  rewrites  your  hard  drive,  obliterating
anything on  it.  Please be careful and forward this mail to
anyone you care about.


The FCC  released a warning concerning a matter of  major  
importance  to  any  regular  user  of  the Internet.    
Apparently  a   new  computer  virus  has  been
engineered by  a user of AMERICA ON LINE that is unparalleled
in its destructive capability.  Other more well-known viruses
such as  "Stoned",  "Airwolf"  and  "Michaelangelo"  pale  in
comparison to  the prospects  of this  newest creation  by  a
warped mentality.   What makes this virus so terrifying, said
the FCC,  is the  fact that  no program needs to be exchanged
for a  new computer to be infected.  It can be spread through
the existing e-mail systems of the Internet.  Once a computer
is infected,  one of  several things  can  happen.    If  the
computer contains  a hard  drive, that  will most  likely be
destroyed.   If the  program is  not stopped,  the computer's
processor will be placed in an nth-complexity infinite binary
loop -which can severely damage the processor if left running
that way too long.

Unfortunately, most  novice  computer  users  will  not
realize what is happening until it is far too late.  Luckily,
there is one sure means of detecting what is now known as the
"Good Times"  virus.   It always travels to new computers the
same way  in a  text email  message  with  the  subject  line
reading "Good  Times".   Avoiding infection  is easy once the
file has been received- not reading it!    The act of loading
the file into the mail server's ASCII buffer causes the "Good
Times" mainline program to initialize and execute.

The program is highly intelligent- it will send copies of
itself to  everyone whose  e-mail address  is contained  in a
receive-mail file or a sent-mail file, if it can find one. It
will then proceed to trash the computer it is running on. The
bottom line  here is - if you receive a file with the subject
line "Good  Times", delete  it immediately!   Do not read it"
Rest assured  that whoever's  name was on the "From" line was
surely struck  by the  virus.   Warn your  friends and  local
system users  of this newest threat to the Internet! It could
save them a lot of time and money.

                              E N D  O F  N O T E

Dr.Christoph G.Grevelding
Genetische Parasitologie des
Instituts fuer Genetik der
40225 Duesseldorf
Tel.: 49-211-81-13070
Fax : 49-211-81-12333
Fax : 49-211-81-12279
e-mail: Christoph.Grevelding at uni-duesseldorf.de

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