Re: Personal firewall on laptop for dial-up users

From: Bill Sanderson (
Date: 12/05/02

From: "Bill Sanderson" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 17:23:50 -0500

It was the firewall. QAZ replicated across unprotected shares. I had a
two-machine home lan which connected via an ISDN or 'DSL connection at one
of the machines.

I bought an inexpensive AMR modem since I had an AMR slot in the second
machine, and wanted to have this as a backup. I disconnected from the
gateway machine (which was providing firewall protection!) and dialled up
via the new modem, without thinking about the share.

Bingo, notepad.exe was infected. I got immediate notice about it from my
antivirus--however, the antivirus hadn't prevented the infection in the
first place--I'm not sure how to assess blame for that.

A firewall would have prevented this infection, as would have either not
sharing the system drive at its route (WinMe) or having a password on the

"Marlon Brown" <> wrote in message
> I am just curious:
> In that case you think you got infected for lack of updated anti-virus or
> because you had no firewall ?
> "Bill Sanderson" <> wrote in message
> news:ubPVru#mCHA.2288@TK2MSFTNGP10...
> > I was infected with (I spotted a screen-print I did at the time, the
> > other
> > day) the QAZ virus in a (by recollection) rather short analog modem
> > connection a couple of years ago--the risk is definitely there.
> >
> > "Marlon Brown" <> wrote in message
> > news:#fsuNy8mCHA.2392@TK2MSFTNGP12...
> > > I am aware of all the needs to have a firewall installed on DSL &
> > > Cable
> > > Modem users at home.
> > >
> > > How Ok would be leave Dial-Up users without firewall in their machines
> > > ?
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >

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