2861Re: Internet Explorer
- Jul 6, 2004Dear Freda,
The icon is just a short cut to the program, but if you never use the
program, there is no reason to worry.
When you have a friend over who knows about computers, ask them to
uninstall Internet Explorer.
On 6-Jul-04, at 17:07, Freda wrote:
> Charles - you have suceeded in scaring the devil out of me. I have
> had an
> Explorer icon on my desktop since my 98Sec. was installed but never
> used it.
> Is there any danger to Outlook Express? I chucked the Explorer icon in
> rubbish bin - will that do it or is there something else I need to do
> well? Thanks for the warnings and the advice.
> Freda Stewart
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Charles W Aubin" <cwaubin1@...>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 12:41 PM
> Subject: Internet Security Warning-Eastman Genealogy Newsletter -Of
> Interest To All
>> - Major Windows Security Risk
>> NOTE: This article contains no genealogy information. However, it
>> contains information that every Windows user should know.
>> A new Trojan horse appeared last week. Technically, a Trojan horse is
>> not the same as a virus, but the result is the same: something bad
>> happen to anyone whose computer becomes infected. Every Windows user
>> should read about the JS.Scob.Trojan problem. You can search Google at
>> http://tinyurl.com/2gndp to find hundreds of articles about
>> JS.Scob.Trojan. If you use Windows, you need to read several of those
>> Even the Department of Homeland Security is now advising computer
>> to stop using Internet Explorer. Details are available at:
>> http://tinyurl.com/yrq6j. Note that the article says, "The Department
>> Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team touched
>> off a
>> storm this week when it recommended for security reasons using
>> other than Microsoft's Internet Explorer."
>> A related story is available at http://tinyurl.com/yq2pp
>> Even Slate Magazine, an online publication owned by Microsoft and
>> published on MSN, is advising readers to not use Microsoft's Internet
>> Explorer! You can read the article at
>> In short, the JS.Scob.Trojan program is a major security risk. It
>> installs spyware programs in your Windows PC and can capture any
>> keystrokes you enter, including your passwords, bank account numbers,
>> and credit card numbers that you type.
>> JS.Scob.Trojan is running rampant, and the anti-virus companies have
>> yet found a cure for it. However, Microsoft has now posted a
>> to this security bug on its Web site. The Microsoft patch is not a
>> fix; it simply provides a method to avoid the problem. The company
>> that it is still "investigating the problem."
>> JS.Scob.Trojan explores a weakness in Microsoft's IIS Web server and
>> appearing in Web servers all around the world. Even Web sites that you
>> use every day and trust can become infected with this virus. Once you
>> visit an infected Web site, your Windows computer will be infected.
>> NOTE: The Web site for this newsletter at http://www.eogn.com
>> <http://www.eogn.com/> operates on Linux, not Windows. Therefore the
>> eogn.com Web site will not be infected by JS.Scob.Trojan, nor will any
>> other Web server that runs on Linux, UNIX, or Apple. You can safely
>> this newsletter in any Web browser. The only Web servers that are
>> vulnerable to JS.Scob.Trojan are those running Microsoft Windows. You
>> will only become infected if you use Microsoft's Internet Explorer web
>> browser on a Windows computer and you visit an infected Web site that
>> uses Microsoft's IIS Web server.
>> Eogn.com will never run on a Microsoft Web server!
>> Luckily, there is an easy fix for this: don't use Microsoft's Internet
>> Explorer. Period. Use Opera or Netscape or Mozilla or FireFox or
>> For even better on-going security, don't use Windows. Use a Macintosh
>> Linux or some other operating system.
>> I have written in a recent Plus Edition article about Opera, a new Web
>> browser for Windows and other operating systems that is much better
>> Internet Explorer, runs faster, and does a better job of displaying
>> pages. If you use Opera, you will not become infected by this recent
>> Trojan horse. FireFox is another new and faster Web browser.
>> Likewise, if you use Mozilla or FireFox or Netscape or Safari, you
>> not be infected. If you are using a Macintosh or Linux system, you
>> not be infected. The high risk occurs only if you use Microsoft
>> Explorer on a Microsoft Windows system.
>> I am about to delete Microsoft Internet Explorer from my systems. Time
>> and again the Microsoft products have proven to have security holes
>> are not shared with other Web browsers. I cannot afford the risk.
>> In fact, I am running a Linux system on my desk alongside my Windows
>> system. The more I use Linux, the better I like it. I also own an iMac
>> and like its Safari Web browser. I am thinking of scrapping my Windows
>> system soon and using only Linux. It is faster, much more secure, and
>> almost impervious to viruses and Trojan horse problems. Linux is also
>> becoming as easy to use as Windows.
>> Some people will argue that Microsoft has all these security problems
>> simply because the company's products are so popular. They will claim
>> that the miscreants who create viruses and Trojan horse programs
>> Windows only because of its popularity. They will claim that Linux or
>> Macintosh would have the same problems if those operating systems were
>> more popular.
>> You know what? I don't care!
>> As a computer user, I know that using a Microsoft solution exposes me
>> personal risk. My credit card numbers, my bank account information,
>> more are at risk, regardless of the reasons. I also know that using a
>> Macintosh or a Linux system reduces that risk about 99.9%. Even if I
>> stay with Windows, switching from Internet Explorer to Opera or
>> or Mozilla or FireFox reduces the risk perhaps 95%.
>> I will probably switch operating systems. However, if you are not
>> prepared to do that, I strongly urge you to stop using Internet
>> Explorer. Instead, use Netscape or Mozilla or FireFox or Opera.
>> Think about it…
>> You can find more information about Opera at http://www.opera.com
>> <http://www.opera.com/>. You can learn about FireFox at
>> Do you have comments, questions or corrections to this article? Post
>> your message on the newsletter's blog at: http://blog.eogn.com
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