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If you have a technical problem, before you attempt to fix it:
"Grabbing the brass rail" is what technical workers do (or hopefully do) in nuclear power
stations, if anything goes wrong. You need to know what the problem is before you can solve it.
Grabbing the brass rail gives you time to think before you do anything rash that may add
to the problem.
And. Do one thing at a time, check it. Then do the next thing. That way you keep track of the
situation and help to avoid adding more confusion.
If you are looking for help:
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
This is not a help desk. For reference only. It will help you to get answers to your problem
quicker without wasting to much of yours or anyone elses time.
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Try Firefox (browser) or Mozilla with mailing accounts.
..If they're emails from people warning about viruses then they're always hoaxes.
The virus is getting people to mail each other...
Always do an online search to check first and don't send them on to other people.
If someone (or an automated virus scanner) is mailing you to say that you sent
somebody a virus, then it's v. likely that it's just a virus which picks random addresses
from the address books on machines it's infected.
False Authority Syndrome
The next time you receive a virus warning by email. Here is some advice:
Example of hoax virus warning e mail :
Subject: virus warning / directions for deleting
Hi, Sorry to say this - but a virus has been passed to me through an
'address book virus' which appeared UNOPENED on my computer.
Since you are in my address book you will find it on your computer also. the virus
(called jdbg.exe) is not detected by Norton/McAfee/AVG Anti-virus systems.
The virus sits quietly for 14 days before damaging the system, whether or
not you sent e-mails to your contacts. Basically, that means you will pass
it along unknowingly, as I may have to you. I was sent the e-mail and am
now passing it on to you to enable you to check for the virus, and how to
get rid of it. Please do this, it is very simple to do and takes a couple
1. Go to Start, click Find & Search.
2. In the folder option type jdbgmgr.exe
3. Be sure to search you C drive & all the sub folders plus any other
drives you may have.
4. click Find now or Search.
5. Do not open it. The virus has a teddy bear icon with the name
6. Now go to Edit (on the menu bar) & "Select All" to highlight the file
without opening it.
7. Go to Edit (on the menu bar) & select DELETE. It will then go into
your Recycle Bin.
8. Empty your recycle bin.
If you find the virus, you must contact all the people in your address book,
so that they may eradicate the virus from their own address books. To do
1. Open a new E-mail message
2. Click the icon Address Book next 'To'
3 . Highlight every name and to "BCC"
4.Copy this message & paste to email, this will affect everyone in your
End of example
My first experience of virus scare hoax.
I did what most novices do and sent the message to my mail list
(I didn't want to be the cause of crashing computers)
Wrong,what I should have done was take proper advice before
(I should have grabbed the brass rail. More of this later)
I should have put the so called "virus code" in the search window
and check its validity, which wouldhave solved the problem.
However we are all experts after the event. If you don't make
mistakes you will never learn anything.The following is the advice
I wish I would have had, but will be used the next time .
- it's a hoax ignore (see below) http://tinyurl.com/5ylqc
This is a hoax (from a few years back, even). That file is part of the Microsoft Java runtime and
should be there, however its not serious if you did delete it.
My best advice to you (and to anyone else you want to send this to) is that you should never give
credence computer security advice emails that ask you to do something to your machine or forward
the message to everyone - its an almost certain sign that the message is a hoax.
Check with computer security companies online, they have free databases you can search, or even
check google, searching for filenames they mention in the mail. If there really is a virus risk it will get
mentioned, even if your copy of their tool doesn't find it.
If they're emails from people warning about viruses then they're always hoaxes. The virus is getting
people to mail each other... Always do an online search to check first and don't send them on to other people.
If someone (or an automated virus scanner) is mailing you to say that you sent somebody a virus,
then it's v. likely that it's just a virus which picks random addresses from the address books on
machines it's infected.
If it's an unexpected mail with an attachment from someone then the mail probably contains a virus
and the only important thing is not to open it - don't click on the attachment. You're protected
to some extent because you're using Mozilla. Lots of viruses exploit Microsoft Mail programs
(Outlook). Advise others to use Mozilla too - or the new Mozilla Firefox browser and the mail
tool that comes with it.
Get Mozilla its free
____Interesting Links on the subject of authority and obedience___
Well there's a lot of politics of technology you might want to get into,
but I think an interesting context for this stuff would be to write an
article about false authority syndrome. This is what people are playing
on when they tell you "do this, I asked blah and they said it was the
right thing" in virus hoaxes, or by assuming official-sounding titles,
or dumping in enough jargon you think they know what they're talking about.
Exactly the same tricks are used all the times by politicians, to spread
ideas as empty and dangerous as email virus hoaxes. Discuss.
False authority syndrome (Computer Knowledge Virus Tutorial)
The pearls of obedience Stanley Milgram,