Library Technology Guides

Document Repository

Anti-virus downloads for Y2K

Library Systems Newsletter [December 1999]

Microsoft has announced a proactive stance with regard to Y2K viruses. There has been speculation that a large number of year 2000 viruses will be unleashed on the Internet at the turn of the year. Microsoft is working with nine vendors of anti-virus products to provide free downloads and anti-virus updates to users of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and other products through the transition to 2000. The free downloads are available through December 31, 1999 at www.microsoft.com/y2k.

Unfortunately, Microsoft's concern about viruses does not extend to Hotmail. Recent tests reported in the October 25, 1999 issue of Information Week, identified 56 viruses running around the Hotmail system- despite Microsoft's assurances that all is well. It appears that a provider of free e-mail cannot justify spending money on virus scanning and anti-virus efforts.

Permalink:  
View Citation
Publication Year:1999
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 19 Number 12
Issue:December 1999
Page(s):96
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Subject: Antivirus software
ISSN:0277-0288
Record Number:6570
Last Update:2022-07-09 02:55:21
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00
Views:25