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Computer Virus Threats
Guide To Computer Viruses
Free online web scan of your PC for viruses
Security bulletins for Microsoft products
Popular anti-virus software
Sites Tracking/Reporting Top 10 Viruses
Sites Reporting Virus Hoaxes
Virus Encyclopedic References
Test Your Computer for Vulnerability
Virus Tracking Map


Computer Virus Threats

New Worm Virus Alert - W32.Mydoom.AX@mm - Alert dd February 18, 2005

Virus Alert - Email Spoofing/Warning - Alert dd November 10, 2004

New Worm Virus Alert - W32.Beagle.AV@mm - Alert dd November 1, 2004

New Worm Virus Alert - W32.Mydoom.M@mmis - Alert dd July 26, 2004

Bin Laden & Schwarzenegger Suicide Hoaxes & Virus Alert - Alert dd July 25, 2004

SASSER Worm - High Risk - Alert dd May 3, 2004

Microsoft Issues CRITICAL Security Updates - Alert dd April 14, 2004

Netsky.P - Worm Virus - Alert dd March 23, 2004

Beagle and Bagle - Attention: Internet Explorers users - Virus Alert dd March 22, 2004

Bagle.Q and Bagle.R - Virus Alert dd March 18, 2004 - Anti-virus software maker Sophos is warning its customers about two new email viruses that can infect Windows-based PCs automatically, even if you do nothing more than *** VIEW *** an infected message.

Netsky.K - Worm Virus - Virus Alert dd March 9, 2004

Netsky.I & Sober.D - Worm Viruses - Virus Alert dd March 7, 2004

W32.Beagle.J@mm - Virus Alert dd March 3, 2004

W32.Netsky.D@mm - Virus Alert dd March 1, 2004

Beagle.B / Bagle.B - Virus Alert dd Feb. 17, 2004

MyDoom - Virus Alert dd Jan. 25, 2004

mimail@mm virus - Virus Alert dd Nov. 2, 2003

Swen Virus -
W32/Swen-A or W32/Gibe-F - Virus Alert dd Sept 20, 2003

Welchia Worm -- Welchia, w32.nachi, WORM_MSBLAST.D - Virus Alert dd Sept 2003

Sobig.F Worm - Virus Alert Update dd August 22, 2003

W32.Blaster.Worm - Virus Alert dd August 12, 2003
W32/Blaster-A worm - aka Lovsan, MSBlaster or Poza)

RPC/DCOM - Virus Alert dd August 4, 2003

W32.Mimail.A@mm - Virus Alert dd August 2, 2003

Lovelorn.a - Virus Alert dd July 2003

Windows virus: Webber, BackDoor and Backdoor.Berbew - Virus Alert dd June 7, 2003

W32.Bugbear.B - Virus Alert dd June 7, 2003

Bugbear.b - Virus Alert dd June 5, 2003

W32.Bugbear.B@mm - Virus Alert dd June 05, 2003

Sobig Worm Series - Virus Alert dd May 2003 - updated August 22, 2003 - Virus Alert dd October 9, 2002

Palyh - New virus poses as Microsoft email - Virus Alert dd May 20, 2003

KLEZ Worm Series - Virus Alert dd April 2002

W32.Myparty@mm - Virus Alert dd January 28, 2002

LOVGATE virus - Virus Alert dd February 25, 2003

JDBGMGR.EXE - Virus Hoax

Email spoofing

Virus Attachments - Email

Receiving a Virus in Email

How to Help Stop the Spread of a Worm Virus

Guide To Computer Viruses

What is a computer virus
What is a virus (and what are trojans and worms)
How do viruses work
How do viruses spread
How can I avoid infection
How does antivirus software work

Free online web scan of your PC for viruses

At the HouseCall site, you can perform virus scans directly from the web and use this in addition to the antivirus program that you have installed. Instead of having to install a complete program, you simply download a Java Applet when prompted, then do a scan from the web using the following steps:

  • Specify "Canada" if asked.
  • Click the "Go" button.
  • Check the "My com" box.
  • Click the "Scan" button.

Security bulletins for Microsoft products

Popular anti-virus software

Sites Tracking/Reporting Top 10 Viruses

Britain's Sophos Anti-Virus keeps track of the "top ten reported viruses."

The web site keeps track of all the nasties loose and tracks them by month.

VirusEye has graphs of most active viruses over the past 4 weeks with live data coming in from their global network.

Reporting Virus Hoaxes

  • Although there are thousands of viruses discovered each year, there are still some that only exist in the imaginations of the public and the press. The Symantec Anti-Virus Research Center provides a comprehensive list of viruses that do not exist, despite rumours of their creation and distribution.

  • CIAC offers HoaxBusters, a super list and history of today's Internet urban legends.

  • Like Mulder and Scully, debunks some of the weirdness on the Internet. Learn about computer virus myths, hoaxes, urban legends, hysteria, and the implications if you believe in them. You can also search a list of computer virus hoaxes & virus hysteria from A to Z.

Virus Encyclopedic References

Billing themselves as the biggest virus encyclopedia online, has a substantial breakdown of viruses and their mutations; all this, and a calendar of viral events too!

An oldie and a goodie, the Symantec Anti-Virus Research Center offers a keyword search engine as well.

The F-Secure web site, billed as the first ever antivirus web site, comes to us from across the pond in Finland.

Providing some of the finest analyses and repair recipes is Sophos.

We suggest you check out the McAfee site, which gives an overview of the latest threats from viruses and other malicious software.

Trend Micro offers comprehensive and up-to-date information as well as its own search engine.

There is an excellent MAC reference page from CIAC.

Norman has a thorough and reputable search engine virus encyclopedia.

Test Your Computer for Vulnerability

Worried whether your anti-virus (AV) software is working? Test it with this harmless program that simulates a virus at

Security Focus offers a comprehensive site outlining the most current threats including a list of the top ten current types of system attacks.

Finjan, a highly respected authority on security, has an overview that describes in clear, simple terms how hackers exploit you.

Finjan also has a really nifty and safe test center to help you see for yourself how secure your computer is. Note: that their test file saying, “You’ve been hacked” is a test and in no way an actual threat.

Gibson Research Corporation
provides a free online scanning service that highlights the configuration weaknesses on your computer called Shields Up.

Virus Tracking Map
(intro courtesy of Gilles Seguin's website Canadian Social Research Links)

The TrendMicro virus-tracking map below tracks the progression and status of the 10 major viruses in the world, and it includes links to detailed information on every virus that's out there. You can move your mouse over a continent to see what viruses are spreading there in real time (ongoing updates), or click on the name of a virus to see detailed information about it and how to repair any damage it might cause.



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