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PORTALES – Mick Hoffman, client support specialist for Computer Services at Eastern New Mexico University, has designed a "Computer Care" web page to keep employees up-to-date on the latest viruses and hoaxes.
The web page, at
http://www.enmu.edu/webcare.index.htm, contains information on the latest in virus warnings, hoaxes, updates to virus software, and features the "Hoax of the Week."
The site also includes information on the care and cleaning of computers, dial-up connections, applications such as Internet Explorer, Netscape, e-mail programs, and shareware and freeware software programs.
There is also a question and answer section in which Mick answers many questions concerning hardware and software.
"The site should be visited often to keep abreast of virus alerts and hoaxes," Mick says. "There is one hoax going around that instructs people to delete a file that they shouldn't delete. This has caused computer users and us a lot of unnecessary problems."
Mick updates the site every week to 10 days. He says his goal is just to make people aware.
"It is against the law to create a virus," Mick says, "but that's not going to stop people. The most effective solution is to keep your anti-virus protection updated and be aware of strange attachments."
Mick says that most computers on campus have auto-virus protection. If anyone has a question about a possible virus, Mick encourages them to contact the Computer Helpdesk at 562-4357.
Mick, who survived a crash after his plane took enemy fire during a mission in Vietnam, says that his site has been getting hits from all over the world.
He may be contacted at email@example.com or 562-2820.
Mick Hoffman (photo by Wendel Sloan)