NetPoint Internet News

Virus Alert!

May. 19th, 10:33 am

Posted by Scott

Symantec has upgraded the Sobig virus to threat level 3. This one should be easy to avoid. It makes itself appear to be sent from To avoid being infected, do not open any e-mail from that address untill after May 31st. The virus will stop spreading on that date. If you are infected, there is a removal tool available from Symantec.


wireless network

May. 15th, 12:00 am

Posted by Craig

Several contributing factors have been causing problems for the highspeed wireless network. We believe we have permanently resolved the larger of these issues. There is still some tweaking which will happen to further "purify" the traffic, but users should begin to notice an improvement in their performance.


Virus Alert!

May. 12th, 9:28 am

Posted by Scott

Update your definitions. Symantec has upgraded the Fizzer worm to category 3. Since this virus is only a few days old, there is no removal tool for it yet. Your best protection is to keep your anti-virus definitions updated and NEVER open any strange attatchments. If you do not have anti-virus protection, click on the link below to download AVG for free.


Messenger Service SPAM

Mar. 26th, 3:25 pm

Posted by Scott

Windows 2000 and XP users may have noticed a new form of spam showing up on your computer. It appears as a system message with the title "Messenger Service" in the title bar. Some venturesome individuals have discovered a way to force ads on your machine by taking advantage of Microsoft bugs. Microsoft will not do anythng about this by releasing a patch or update since this exploit is easily turned off. But, most people don't know HOW to turn it off. We here at NetPoint are opposed to any and all forms of forced/unwanted/unsolicited advertising. The steps to disable this nuisance can be found here. If you are running Windows 2000, XP Pro, and XP home, it is highly reccomended that you follow this procedure. Windows 98/ME and Mac users should not be affected by this form of harrasment. This procedure will NOT prevent pop-up ads seen on websites, just the Windows Messenger Service ads. They are 2 very different things. If you want to be completely rid of pop-up ads, then try Mozilla. If you have any questions or concerns, call our support line at 532-9641.


Ad-Aware 6

Mar. 1st, 2:43 pm

Posted by Scott

The latest version of Ad-Aware is finally out. If you haven't tried it, I highly reccomend it. Ad-Aware looks for programs on your computer that you most likely don't know are there. Programs that track where you go, monitor keystrokes, insert pop-up ads, and otherwise ruin your computer and very likely your internet connection. It is very easy to use and can be downloaded here. Spybot Search and Destroy is a similar program but for more advanced users. The Ad-Aware interface is easier to use and understand than the SpyBot interface but SpyBot scans much faster.

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