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My business uses some Symantec products and I got an email newsletter from which I followed a link to "spam forecasts" - see below.

After weekends I usually have between one and three hundred emails on my PC and server. As the forecasts made such cheerful reading I thought I would share them with you. I am especially pleased to hear there is a way to circumvent blocked addresses - the manky poxy F'in BASTARDS. I hope they all get knob/nob rot (whichever is correct and most painful)!!!! And fin rot.


IM Spam to Triple in 2004
 
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APR 5, 2004    ARTICLE ID: 3524

by David Legard
Spam sent via instant messaging is set to become a major nuisance in 2004, with the number of IM spam messages tripling from 400 million to 1.2 billion, according to research firm the Radicati Group.


The increase in IM spam, also referred to as "spim," will come about due to much greater use of IM among businesses and a rapid increase in published IM names in corporate and public directories, Radicati said in a report.


The overall business IM market will grow by 130% from 2002 to 2003, and a further 85% from 2003 to 2004, according to another research company, Ferris Research. By 2007, the overall business IM market will increase to 182 million users, representing a compound annual growth rate of 79%.


IM spammers are developing sophisticated software which automatically sends messages - which are mainly touting pornography - to millions of users, and which can automatically change screen names when the user blocks an IM attempt, according to another research company, Ferris Research.


And because of the intrusive nature of IM, spim may be more annoying to recipients but also more successful, Ferris said.


IM spam still represents a small fraction of the overall spam problem. E-mail spam will more than double in 2004 to 35 billion messages, Radicati estimated.








Fruitbats.

Ah, that cheered me up.
 

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<font color='#000080'>And get shot of all those annoying Spam emails by using one of the best blockers out there (I have it installed on my mail server at work and it's ace and quite possibly skill too). I couldn't run my mail server without it.  And the best thing is- it's FREE.

Popfile

And while you're at it, if you are running a network ditch M$ Exchange which is utter crap and install Mercury instead. Not that I'm showing off but our uptime for Mercury is currently 38 months without falling over. And it will run on any Windows installation. And on an ancient Pentium 166 with 32Mb RAM.  I'd like to see an Exchange system do that. Oooh- and it's FREE. Yes, FREE!!
 

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We're running Norton which is set to scan both incoming and outgoing e-mails.

We get about 50 virus-laden messages a day, but worryingly, we also seem to be sending out virus-laden e-mails as these are getting returned as "undeliverable".  The Norton system scan detects no virus in the files and folders - but there must be something there


I've been told that there are better anti-virus packages than Norton - anyone any suggestions?

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Quote[/b] (Norbert @ April 08 2004,12:33)]The Norton system scan detects no virus in the files and folders - but there must be something there
Its ok, there isn't. What is happening is people who have seen your email address somewhere (on an email, on a web page, etc) and have infected computers are sending infected email pretending to be you (without them knowing either). Their PC has become known as a "spam zombie"; a machine which sends out unwated email without the owner knowing.

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Quote[/b] ]I've been told that there are better anti-virus packages than Norton - anyone any suggestions?
Virus packages are like makes of car; everyone thinks the one they use is best!  
Really, there isn't too much in them providing you keep them up to date.
 

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Quote[/b] (Norbert @ April 08 2004,12:33)]We're running Norton which is set to scan both incoming and outgoing e-mails.

We get about 50 virus-laden messages a day, but worryingly, we also seem to be sending out virus-laden e-mails as these are getting returned as "undeliverable".  The Norton system scan detects no virus in the files and folders - but there must be something there


I've been told that there are better anti-virus packages than Norton - anyone any suggestions?

Cheers
What Nick said - I concur, which, doubtless, will make everyone feel happier.

 

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Get Linux and stop worrying about viruses full stop
 

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That's easy enough to deal with - get a crappy old 386 and turn it into your mail server so your main box can work regardless
 

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Quote[/b] (Dominic @ April 08 2004,15:30)]That's easy enough to deal with - get a crappy old 386 and turn it into your mail server so your main box can work regardless
Uh oh, not that old chestnut again


If your main server is being hammered then its very highly unlikely that a 13 year old 386SX25 with a 518Mb (max) hard drive will handle it any better. It would also probably not be worth the time it would take to install a cut down distie that would install in less than 500Mb of drive space and yes, you could go for a ramdisk image but then you would probably not have enough physical RAM for sendmail to process any useful volume of email.

The problem with the "Linux runs on a 386" line is that a lot of people tout it about as some reason why its better than Windows without knowing much about either system, the fact that they both have their plus and minus points and that other solutions exist which make Linux look like a slow, expensive, insecure white elephant  


However, I should point out that I have been working with Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, FreeBSD, etc, etc daily for over ten years  
 

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It doesn't have to handle it any better - just so long as I can carry on with my web surfing when the mail server crashes hideously, I'd be happy
 

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Well if we're going to be all techy and nerdy....

I've got a Suse 7. something Pro distro but I'm thinking it won't recognise my new ATA133 HDD (my W2K gagged at this), can anyone recommend a Linux distro that's compatible with newer HDDs ?

Bill Gates Sucks, Go Tux !  


 

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Try a LFS install, you can set it to recognise anything you like
 

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Quote[/b] (Nick Bown @ April 08 2004,12:42)]Its ok, there isn't. What is happening is people who have seen your email address somewhere (on an email, on a web page, etc) and have infected computers are sending infected email pretending to be you (without them knowing either). Their PC has become known as a "spam zombie"; a machine which sends out unwated email without the owner knowing.
Cheers chaps!

This makes sense even to a dummy like me.

May we inflict a long a painful demise to the creators of viruses!
 

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Anybody know anything to stop b----y pop-up adverts? Words of one syllable please, I repair divers - not computers  
 

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Quote[/b] ]Anybody know anything to stop b----y pop-up adverts? Words of one syllable please, I repair divers - not computers  
Look at page 1 of the posting for stuff to get rid off both types of popups
 

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<font color='#000080'>Er- if they are messenger popups then Shoot the Messenger should do the trick. If they are web page popups then PopFilter should do it (have a shuftie on TuCows etc for a popup filter). If you are getting other random popup messages then check that you have not got a malicious CrapWare program running- press Ctrrl-Alt-Del on XP to open task manager and see what's running.  You should aslo turn off ActiveX stuff in IE.
Tut tut for browsing too many dirty websites....
 

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MY GOD!!!!


NERD ALERT.....NERD ALERT....WOO....WOO!!
 
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