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Below are some older programs and viruses to be aware of:
(get the most accurate virus information from McAfee's Virus Info Library or Microsoft Security)

AOL4FREE.COM

4/18/97
Trojan horse program circulates
By Courtney Macavinta and Jeff Pelline
April 18, 1997, 3:30 p.m. PT

A Trojan horse program called AOL4FREE.COM that deletes all files on a hard drive is circulating on the Internet, according to the Energy Department.

The agency's Computer Incident Advisory Capability unit says this is different from the AOL4FREE virus warning hoax message that had been widely circulated earlier. Trojan horses are not dubbed viruses because they do not spread to other computers, but they can still seriously damage the PC that is attacked.

The program has been sent to at least several hundred people and probably more, said William Orvis, a member of the Computer Incident Advisory Capability team. He said the presence of the two programs--the AOL4FREE virus, which is a hoax, and the Trojan horse AOL4FREE.COM--could create confusion.

"We would like people to stop passing around the hoax message, because they get people worried about something that isn't real," Orvis said. "Now there is a real program out there by a similar name that will thrash your machine."

A message on the Energy Department's Web site reads: "CIAC has obtained a Trojaned copy of the AOL4FREE.COM program that, if run, deletes all the files on a user's hard drive. If you are emailed this file or if you have downloaded it from an online service, do not attempt to run it."

It goes on to say that if the program is received as an email attachment, users should not attempt to open it.

Computers that run on Windows-based PCs are susceptible to the program, the agency says. The original AOL4FREE was a Macintosh program for fraudently creating free AOL accounts, according to the Web site. The program's creator has pleaded guilty to defrauding AOL.

Excell Sofa/Laroux

12/11/96
Microsoft Excell Spreadsheet Virus Please read this information from Microsoft.

WEREWOLF


It has recently been brought to my attention that there is a virus protection program available for free download on the internet. DO NOT DOWNLOAD it. It is called WEREWOLF.EXE or any reasonable facsimile thereof. This file is boasted as being one of the best, if not the best, virus protection tool available. However, it is, in itself, a virus. When run, the screen blacks out as if loading the virus program. It then politely tells the user that they should not have listened to the reviews and that he/she has been suckered. At the point of starting it, there is no turning back. It destroys all data on the hard drive without mercy. I repeat, DO NOT DOWNLOAD WEREWOLF VIRUS PROTECTION.

PKZIP300

Trojan Horse Program that reformats Hard Drive

NETSCAPE

5/18/96
NEW BUG FOUND IN NETSCAPE'S SECURITY -- Computer science researchers at Princeton University have uncovered a new flaw in the 3.0 beta version of Netscape Navigator software that supports Sun's Java programming language. Programmers with malicious intent could write destructive software "viruses" that could use the security flaw to invade computers using Netscape to surf the Internet. Netscape acknowledges the problem and is releasing a fix for the bug. (New York Times 18 May 96 p17)

If you have know of other programs that should be added to this list please contact the System Administrator.
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