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« Thread started on: Sep 3rd, 2004, 6:41pm »

Hey guys.

You all know I love you very much and I've had an incredibly awesome time being here and discussing Jerry O'Connell. But unfortunately I can not visit a whole lot anymore (as you've probably assumed).

For a while my computer had a really bad virus and we had to give it to a specialist to clean it up. For some reason my mom thinks that forums give it a virus (don't freak out) and she would rather not me visit them as much anymore. I kind of find that absurd being as any page you look at could have a virus. But I must respect her views.

I will try to stop in at least once a week to help keep watch over the forum. And kedd, I'm really sorry that I can't visit and help you mod anymore. Maybe you could make someone (like robandchrismom or Ticia) a Global Mod to help you out.

Also, if you guys ever want a new color theme or something for the forum don't hesitate to email me. I would be more than happy to create a new theme. And I also will keep track of the graphics section so people aren't requesting without be delivered.

I'll try to keep in touch with you all. If any of you need anything at all or just want to talk you can email me at erica03@gmail.com and I am also on AIM a lot.

I'm really sorry, but I will be dropping in often. Just not as often as I used to. But I trust that you all will keep the board alive! And keep voting! LOL.

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« Reply #1 on: Sep 3rd, 2004, 9:07pm »

oh Erica I'm going to miss you. sad but I admire that your mature enough to follow your mom's wishes. Your a great kid. I will be happy to help Kedd out if she needs any. But, you know, Kedd has been absent this week too. Join us when you can. We will hold down the fort for you.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 3rd, 2004, 10:52pm »

Poor Erica... undecided
We hope to see you cry
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 4th, 2004, 11:39am »

cry I'm going to miss you as well. You seemed to be always here. So something will be different. But I hope things might change in the future...
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 4th, 2004, 8:16pm »

yep I hope Erica returns soon. You know who has been missing lately is Kedd. Oh Kedd where are you? I"m worried about her b/c she is usually here a few times a week.
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« Reply #5 on: Sep 4th, 2004, 8:18pm »

She's not in vacancy? huh
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« Reply #6 on: Sep 6th, 2004, 08:05am »

Hm... you're right I haven't seen her for quite a while. huh
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« Reply #7 on: Sep 6th, 2004, 11:15am »

I know she's been absent alll week. HOpe everything is okay. Erica, do you know where Kedd is? is she okay?
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 6th, 2004, 2:06pm »

No, I haven't heard from her. I could try emailing her...
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 7th, 2004, 2:33pm »

Hi Guys,

Sorry I've been absent for a while. Life has been a rollercoaster for a few weeks. I was away on a camping trip, then a few days after that my grandfather had a heart attack and had to have surgery, Then I flew to Atlanta for Labor Day Weekend.

Well - I'll continue to do my best to modorate the bboard, but it sure helped having you around Erica! I can undestand if you need to limit your time on the computer now that you are probably back in school - but because of viruses??!!?? Sounds like your mom is misinformed.

I hope your mom can take some time to research the way that computers get viruses. Visiting *this* forum does NOT give your computer viruses!!!! (I know you know that, I just don't want our other members to start thinking that).

Microsoft has lots of great info on how to protect your computer:

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/broadbandnetworking/10_concept_security_help.mspx

Read the section on the page about Install and use antivirus software and Use common sense

I'd say a lot of the 'damage' has already been done - your e-mail address is out there probably because of different things you have signed up for and that's one of the ways that the viruses 'find' you. Then again, all it takes is for a friend of yours to have a virus and then an e-mail will be sent to you with that virus. A high percentage of viruses are transmitted via e-mail! For all you know it was an e-mail your mom got. Don't open random attachments from people (even if their e-mail address looks familiar).

Now, there are some viruses that are not transmitted by e-mail, but through your internet browser. (I guess some crazy malicious web sites can imbed programs in the web page that will automatically run and infect your computer when you visit those pages) Everyone should install anti-virus software like McAfee or Norton and make sure it's updated for the latest viruses daily. Also, get a windows update at the very least once a week because they have updates and 'patches' for the Explorer browser to help combat the non-email viruses. http://v5.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/v5consumer/default.aspx?ln=en-us Make sure that your e-mail program is set up so that it does NOT automatically open and run attachments! If you open an e-mail containing a virus just DON'T click those lame attachements and links saying 'check out my new special game' or "I think you will like this" because then you will open the virus. Just delete the e-mail and your computer won't be harmed.

Also, be very careful about the stuff you download from web sites. You might think you are downloading some cool free thing and it's just a cool virus (I'm not talking about stuff form legit sites like Apple or microsoft, so don't freak out on all downloads)

I guess I speak from experience on this. Due to running the Jerry web site I was getting sometimes 5 - 10 e-mails a day containing viruses. My computer was never infected because I was careful. However, it was madening that some virus program had harvested my e-mail address and was continually using it to try to circulate viruses sad

Anyway, I hope you and mom can get properly educated on the virus thing because limiting your time in forums is not going to solve the problem. Knowing how to deal with e-mail, installing anti-virus software, not clicking on random 'check this out' messages and being very selective about what you download and from where is what will save your computer smiley

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« Reply #10 on: Sep 7th, 2004, 3:24pm »

I am going to miss you too. Although i'm fairly new to the board you were always there. Hope you get to visit us as often as possible. You have to respect tour mom's wishes even though i'm afraid she is misinformed about how viruses are spread. Take care! cry
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 7th, 2004, 7:47pm »

Kedd!!!! your back. I was worried about you. Glad to see your back. And hopefully Erica will share your virus lesson with her mom. I still think it shows what a great kid Erica is that she is trying hard to respect her mom's wishes even though she knows she's wrong.
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« Reply #12 on: Sep 10th, 2004, 11:29pm »

Thanks kedd, maybe she'll listen to that. She just thinks she's right all the time. LOL. JK. But a lot of time she opens junk email when I tell her she probably shouldn't. Oh well, I'll be sure to tell her about that. Maybe that will rattle her cage. wink
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