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[techbooks] REVIEW: "VirusHelp", Henri Delger

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  • Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Tr
    MLVIRHLP.RVW 981011 VirusHelp , Henri Delger, 1995 -, http://goodstuff.prodigy.com/Mailing_Lists/virushelp.html %A Henri Delger henri_delger@prodigy.com
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      "VirusHelp", Henri Delger, 1995 -,
      http://goodstuff.prodigy.com/Mailing_Lists/virushelp.html
      %A Henri Delger henri_delger@...
      %D 1995 -
      %O http://pages.prodigy.com/virushelp/vhelp.htm
      %P ~ 10 p. monthly
      %T "VirusHelp"

      VirusHelp does not predate the creation of the alt.comp.virus
      newsgroup, but with the current suspension of the VIRUS-L/comp.virus
      list it forms the oldest and most reliable ongoing interactive virus
      information resource on the net. Moderated by Henri Delger, it is not
      something you can set your watch by, but you can generally expect at
      least two issues per month.

      Each issue contains several questions or comments from readers,
      generally with answers or expansion from Mr. Delger. However, there
      are numerous leading antiviral experts who subscribe to the list as
      well, and who may write in with answers or information. Because of
      the moderation the quality of the discussion is very high, although
      traffic is relatively low.

      In comparison to other virus lists and groups, many messages relate to
      the operation, strengths, and weaknesses of specific antiviral
      software. Other discussions include the usual calls for help when
      noticing some strange happening, as well as warnings about new viruses
      or trojans on the loose. Debate about potential, but not actual, new
      virus operations or concepts related to viral or antiviral technology
      is not unknown. Although the majority of messages are associated with
      Wintel systems other platforms are not excluded and messages about
      Macs, for example, are proportionately much higher than on other
      lists.

      Generally the moderator will comment on all messages received, even
      those providing, or purporting to provide, information. Virus
      "experts" seem to grow under every bush, so Delger is quite free with
      correction when it is called for. He is free with opinion, but
      clearly indicates it as such.

      Each issue also contains a large, if not exhaustive, list of recent
      antiviral software releases for a number of operating systems. The
      inventory specifies software, filename and release date, although the
      location of the file is left to the reader. (If you are a Prodigy
      subscriber, all of the listed files are available from a library
      there, and Delger does provide a list of vendor sites.) A recent
      addition has been a consistent warning against Internet hoaxes,
      particularly false virus alerts.

      Subscriptions are free of charge, and may be obtained via the Web at:
      http://pages.prodigy.com/virushelp/vhelp.htm
      General virus information and back issues of VirusHelp are available
      at http://pages.prodigy.com/virushelp/ or the mirror at
      http://pages.prodigy.net/henri_delger/index.htm. Messages to the list
      itself can be addressed to virushelp@....

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1998 MLVIRHLP.RVW 981011
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