[ISN] REVIEW: "VirusHelp", Henri Delger

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Date: Sun Nov 15 1998 - 23:52:35 PST

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    From: "Rob Slade" <rsladeat_private>
    MLVIRHLP.RVW   981011
    "VirusHelp", Henri Delger, 1995,
    %A   Henri Delger henri_delgerat_private
    %D   1995
    %O   http://pages.prodigy.com/virushelp/vhelp.htm
    %P   ~ 10 p. monthly
    %T   "VirusHelp"
    VirusHelp does not predate the creation of the alt.comp.virus newsgroup,
    but with the current suspension of the VIRUS-L/comp.virus list it forms
    the oldest and most reliable ongoing interactive virus information
    resource on the net.  Moderated by Henri Delger, it is not something you
    can set your watch by, but you can generally expect at least two issues
    per month. 
    Each issue contains several questions or comments from readers, generally
    with answers or expansion from Mr. Delger.  However, there are numerous
    leading antiviral experts who subscribe to the list as well, and who may
    write in with answers or information.  Because of the moderation the
    quality of the discussion is very high, although traffic is relatively
    In comparison to other virus lists and groups, many messages relate to the
    operation, strengths, and weaknesses of specific antiviral software. 
    Other discussions include the usual calls for help when noticing some
    strange happening, as well as warnings about new viruses or trojans on the
    loose.  Debate about potential, but not actual, new virus operations or
    concepts related to viral or antiviral technology is not unknown. 
    Although the majority of messages are associated with Wintel systems other
    platforms are not excluded and messages about Macs, for example, are
    proportionately much higher than on other lists. 
    Generally the moderator will comment on all messages received, even those
    providing, or purporting to provide, information.  Virus "experts" seem to
    grow under every bush, so Delger is quite free with correction when it is
    called for.  He is free with opinion, but clearly indicates it as such. 
    Each issue also contains a large, if not exhaustive, list of recent
    antiviral software releases for a number of operating systems.  The
    inventory specifies software, filename and release date, although the
    location of the file is left to the reader.  (If you are a Prodigy
    subscriber, all of the listed files are available from a library there,
    and Delger does provide a list of vendor sites.)  A recent addition has
    been a consistent warning against Internet hoaxes, particularly false
    virus alerts. 
    Subscriptions are free of charge, and may be obtained via the Web at: 
    http://pages.prodigy.com/virushelp/vhelp.htm General virus information and
    back issues of VirusHelp are available at
    http://pages.prodigy.com/virushelp/ or the mirror at
    http://pages.prodigy.net/henri_delger/index.htm.  Messages to the list
    itself can be addressed to virushelpat_private 
    copyright Robert M. Slade, 1998   MLVIRHLP.RVW   981011
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