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University of Missouri-Columbia   Extension Technology and Computer Services—ETCS

  April 2000
Vol. 17, No. 2

A Technology Newsletter for Extension Specialists



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Virus? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Virus!
by John Myers

Back in December, the UM System mail group installed Antigen software on the mail system. This software scans all users' mailboxes as well as all incoming and outgoing mail for viruses at the mail server, before it gets to you. If it knows how to remove the virus, it will clean the infected message. If not, then it will delete the infected attachment. The software will keep track of all viruses and report on who had what virus. We then use this data to determine if a file server or workstation needs further attention. Since the preferred mode of virus propagation is email, our virus cleanup duties have dropped from ten a week to one every two weeks. This one software package has freed up more time for information technology people than anything else, but it is not the total solution. Virus detection must also be done at the workstation for a total solution (see Extension, a Virus Spreader?).



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