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Example...this was today's first post to start the thread for 23 Feb 2004.
• Microsoft Security Bulletins last update: 10 Feb 2004
• AntiVir/AVPE - last update: 22 Feb 2004
• Avast - last update: 20 Feb 2004
• AVG 6 Free - last update: 20 Feb 2004 /AVG 6 Pro: 20 Feb 2004 /AVG 7: 20 Feb 2004
• Bit Defender (Web site) / FTP Site (daily.zip) - last update: 23 Feb 2004
• Dr. Web - last update: 22 Feb 2004
• eTrust EZ - Newly Detected list last update: 23 Feb 2004
• F-Prot (Web site) / FTP Site (fp-def.zip) - last update: 18 Feb 2004
• F-Secure - last update: 23 Feb 2004
• KAV - last update: 23 Feb 2004
• McAfee Weekly - last update: 18 Feb 2004 - Daily files: 23 Feb 2004
• NAV LU - last update: 18 Feb 2004 - IU / FTP (2003MMDD-00X-i32.exe): 20 Feb 2004
• Nod-32 - last update: 20 Feb 2004
• Norman Virus Control - last update: 18 Feb 2004
• Panda - last update: 23 Feb 2004
• RAV - last update: 23 Feb 2004
• Sophos - Release Dates - last update: 20 Feb 2004
• TrendMicro (PC-cillin) - last update: 22 Feb 2004 (#775) / Beta: 23 Feb 2004 (#776)
• a Free - last update: 13 Feb 2004 / a Personal - last update: 13 Feb 2004
• BOClean - last update: 23 Feb 2004
• PestPatrol - Version Info - last update: 15 Feb 2004
• Tauscan - last update: 20 Feb 2004
• TDS-3 - last update: 23 Feb 2004
• The Cleaner - last update: 22 Feb 2004
• TrojanHunter - last update: 20 Feb 2004
• Trojan Remover - last update: 22 Feb 2004
• AdAware - last update: 18 Feb 2004
• AGNIS - AGNIS for Outpost - AGNIS for AdShield - last update: 23 Feb 2004
• Hpguru's Hosts File - last update: 13 Feb 2004
• IE/SPYAD - last update: 23 Feb 2004
• MRUBlaster - last update: 19 Jul 2003
• MVPS HOSTS File - last update: 18 Feb 2004
• Spy Sweeper - last update: 15 Feb 2004
• Spybot S&D - last update: 02 Feb 2004 / last Beta update: 02 Feb 2004
• Spycop - last update: 21 Feb 2004
• SpywareBlaster - last update: 20 Feb 2004
• Spyware Block List File - last update: 06 Feb 2004
• SpywareGuard - last update: 22 Jan 2004
= Updated today or yesterday.
= Updated in the past 2 - 7 days.
= No updates for more than a week.
Important Note: If you found this list through a search engine, do not bookmark it. The list is updated on a daily basis, and the link location changes daily. To see an up-to-date list, please visit »Security
Current posting rules: All application updates can be freely posted in the forum as usual and do not belong in this thread. Questions about individual definition updates, discussion of components of a definition file in detail, etc., can still be freely posted outside this thread and in the forum as usual, so long as they are not simple announcements. This thread is meant as a one-stop location for announcements of definition file updates and is not intended to limit discussions in the forum.
Submissions: If you wish to announce an update to one of the definition files covered in the above list, post a notice to this thread, and the master list will be edited accordingly. If you want your application to be added to this list, please post your suggestion in this thread along with the appropriate links to the software, its definition files and a brief explanation for our consideration.
•Go to the first post that started the previous day's thread on the sticky in the forum. Hit reply and then Auto Quote. Highlight and Copy all the text in the box to notepad or word pad. Then hit Upon Reflection I do not wish to post (because you don't want to really reply - you just want to get all the code out of the reply window :-)
•In the copy you saved, remove the first line that reads:*QUOTE=*user=YesterdaysHost** I put asterisks in place of the [ brackets ] so the board would not convert and you can see in these instructions.
Now your list begins with the line beginning *OL> in angle brackets.
•Next, go to the bottom and remove the end quote tag */QUOTE*
•Go back to the thread from yesterday.
»Security Software Updates 22 Feb 2004
•Write down any updates posted since the last time the list was updated either by Wildcatboy or, if he didn't get the chance to update, go back to the last signoff by the host from the day before.
•Edit the list you saved in notepad with the updated info. Change the button colors for them to green while you are at it (button color changes instruction will be included further down in this tutorial)
•Notes: Trend=Micro has a pattern number for it's Official Pattern Release & Controlled Pattern Release (Daily Betas). You'll want to make note of those in addition to the date.
IESPYAD & AGNIS Lists are TWO separate entries on your list but usually listed in one post (by Eric Howes). Be sure to update both of them in Privacy Programs.
Some programs have more than one version but are all on one line (AVG, a2 are examples).
•There is a color codes key at the bottom of the daily sticky that tells you what the green, grey and red buttons represent. Hint: Red is always confusing. Red is only for updates MORE than a week (so 8 days). A good example for today was SpySweeper. It had been grey, changed today to red.
•You will see the code for each button color just in front of each program listed:
jgrn.gif = green (Updated today or yesterday)
jgrey.gif = gray (Updated in the past 2 - 7 days)
jred.gif = red (No updates for more than a week)
•Change your button colors to match the day you are posting.
•Special note regarding weekly vs daily updates for Trend, McAfee & Symantec: The daily updates for each of those is considered a *beta* update and not a true pattern release so even though you will change the date on the daily updates, the button for those products will not be changed to green until the weekly (or *Official*) update comes out. The weekly update is the first link in the listing and the daily is the second.
Trend-Micro: Weekly = Official Pattern Release
*Daily = Controlled Pattern Release (Beta)
McAfee: Weekly DAT
*Daily DAT (pre-release)
Symantec: Weekly (or official) = NAV LU (LiveUpdate)
*Daily = NAV IU (Intelligent Updater)
*Daily updates do not affect the button color for these products
During a virus outbreak, it is not uncommon for these programs to release an official update ahead of the usual weekly day (Wed). In that case, the release of an official update will turn the button green.
•Highlight your final edited notepad/wordpad text, copy and and paste into a new Topic in the Security Forum
•Title your thread with this format (using dd/mm/yyyy); the month should be abbreviated with 3 letters. That format is easily interpreted by anyone around the globe
For example the above was titled:
Security Software Updates 23 Feb 2004
•Press Preview button to check your work, then Post Now!
•Copy the URL for the thread you just started.
•Go back to the end of yesterday's thread and ask everyone to post any further updates to the new thread for today and include the url (example).
Ask Mods to close and unsticky yesterday's thread
•Go the the first post of yesterday's thread (in this example that was Garbs' post for Sunday 22 Feb 2004) and press the Hey Mod button on his post that started the thread.
•Put a dot in *Other* for reason and request that the thread be closed and made unsticky because today's new thread has been posted.
They are usually expecting us as they are used to us by now ;)
•Go to your post for the new thread and press the Hey Mod. Choose *other* and ask them to make the new thread sticky for today.
•Note: Give them time to act on your *Hey Mods*. If someone doesn't get them attended to right away, it just means none of them are available. If your threads have not been stickied/unsticked as requested after about an hour, feel free to Hey Mod again and submit a second request.
This is not a "have to," but it is helpful, we think.
Reply to your new topic and let folks know what updates for the current day were posted to the end of yesterday's thread and posted in your new list (reference the URL to yesterday's thread).
•You need to somewhat verify updates before you edit the list. This is a loose definition, but keep in mind that some folks get confused (or are behind on updating their own app) and rush in and post an *Update* for today's date, when in actuality it might be a program update (not a new signature/ pattern definitions) or it may even be an old update. For new programs or program upgrades, ask the poster to post a new topic in this forum
Generally, the frequent posters and the hosts are the most reliable, and they need little checking and usually include some additional info or screen shots that verify they HAVE indeed checked the program or the website (you can PM them to ask, if needed; they'll be glad to help you out). For the relatively new to the Updates thread, those are very welcome too. Just be sure you go up in the List and check to be sure they are correct if they haven't given you anything definite to go on like a copy & paste of the update notice including the date or a screen shot of the program. Be aware that many times people's programs have an update, but the website has not included it yet. If your poster hasn't given you enough Info, you can ask in the thread for a little verification of it (very politely, of course). I would say something like, "Hi So-n-so, thanks for the info. The website still shows yesterday's date, could you provide us with a screen shot or other info to verify the date of that update?" Sometimes you have to ask for a little more information with programs that don't host their update info on a website.
•Watch those double dates on some programs, Trend, McAfee, NAV, AVG,a2 etc. Make sure you know which one you are updating. Sometimes folks don't state which update it is, they will just say "AVG Update".... (you can usually look it up on the website links and, in that example, look to see which versions that applies to). Same thing with Trend. If they don't specify a CPR(daily beta) vs an Official (or weekly), you can check the website to see which one you need to change.
•Note re: Microsoft Security Bulletins
We point the Microsoft Security Bulletins to the "Official Thread" posted in the Security forum by JmanB , our MS VIP. This is usually the 2nd Tuesday of each month. However, sometimes a special bulletin might come out (February 2004 was just such an exception).
If MS has posted the official Bulletin thread in the Security Forum, copy the URL of the thread JmanB started and insert into the link on our list for the MS bulletins and change the button color & date.
•When you change the day, also change the button color if there is a change. Sometimes they are already green if they updated yesterday.
•At the end of your shift, make your sign off announcement and let everyone know the list is up-to-date (or list any programs that might have snuck in just before your edit button expires). It is helpful to note who tomorrow's host will be. Check the schedule jfgnet keeps for us here:
We try to keep the Updates Calendar by the month. We try to let Jfgnet know our Picks usually a month ahead, but sometimes it goes by the week. Should you find that you need to reschedule a day you have picked, please PM another host and ask if they can substitute. You can also ask jfgnet to find someone for you -- he's really a great support to the Hosts.
•Relax and don't worry on your first day. There hasn't been a mistake made that we haven't made already ~grins~. There also isn't a mistake made that we haven't been able to help someone fix. Just PM someone on the list of Hosts for help -- we're always there for each other.
• Feel free to PM any of those on the hosts list to review your practice thread or answer any questions you have.
•When you are ready to Host a thread for a day, send a PM to jfgnet and let him know which day you would like to host and about what time you estimate you will be starting it. If one of the regulars has already scheduled that day, we will be happy to move aside for a new Host to try it out :)