A strange twist is that this worm actually deactivates itself on Sept. 10, so the last day the worm will spread is on Sept. 9. Even so, computer users should still take precautions to make sure to get protection for your system for future variants of the worm.
Read more about the W32.Sobig.F@mm worm at http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
A removal tool for the worm is located at http://email@example.com.
* Microsoft released a cumulative patch for three new flaws found in its Internet Explorer browser combined with patches for recently discovered critical vulnerabilities. Read more at www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/critical/822925/default.asp. Note: Don't forget to patch your system after reading. Remember, this is a critical patch!
* In other Microsoft news, starting Oct. 15, the company is forcing users of its MSN Messenger service to upgrade their clients to version 5.0, Windows Messengers customers must upgrade to version 4.7.2009 or higher and MSN Messenger for Mac OS X users must upgrade to version 3.5 or higher. If the users fail to upgrade, they will not be able to access the service.
The latest version of MSN Messenger released is version 6. After the Oct. 15 deadline, MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger users will also no longer be able to access their MSN buddy lists via Trillian. Note: Trillian is an instant message client that allows a users to use various IM services via a single client.
MSN Live online events
Aug. 25: Chat with "Animal House's" Flounder, actor Stephen Furst, at 7 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/animalhouse; actress Hilary Duff of "Lizzie McGuire" chats at 8 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/hilaryduff_august2003.
Aug. 26: Chat with Hip Hop diva Mary J. Blige at 1 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/maryjblige2003; Chat with R&B group 112 at 8 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/112. Chat with "Jeepers Creepers 2" actresses Marieh Delfino and Nicki Lynn Aycox at 8:30 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/jeeperscreepers2.
Sites to see
* August is National Inventors Month. Learn more about the celebration at http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa082199.htm. The site features a link to A to Z Inventions and to other related invention sites.
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