--- "Virginia S." <eeching2004@...
> Attachments are sent out to rob people's
> address books as part of the vicious viruses
The virus, as someone else mentioned, will forge
a ramdom address it finds on the victims hard
drive to make it seem that it is from someone
else. The only way to prevent attachments from
going through is to turn that option off in the
main list settings. Which *is* a shame.
We might not send attachments as requested, but
the virus sure will. BTW, the attachment IS the
virus, you execute (run) the file when you open
it and it installs itself.
> If you noticed on
> the virus emails the extensions on the
> attachments are not even real extensions!!!
They are most certainly real executable
extentions. UUE in this case, is an encoding
program from way back. I used uue to transfer
binary files via text based mail over 10 years
ago, long before the WWW came into being.
.pif, .scr are two others.
The ONLY way to be safe from email-borne virus is
to *never* download mail to your computer
directly. Do not use McSoft's Outlook. Use Yahoo
(or any good completely web-based email service)
instead, it will scan attachments and won't allow
the download of any infected ones.
For surfing use a good virus checker that runs in
the background like AVG. It blocks any incoming
files from poison pages and peer to peer sharing.
Update religiously. Some nasties interfere with
updates, check the last update's date stamp, try
to update manually and reinstall the program if
Finally get several (2 or 3) good spyware
blockers/removers and keep up on updates and run
those as close to daily as possible.
This is the advice I give clients, along with the
"backup, backup, and backup again" mantra.
Even with the best defenses it is possible to
"catch" something out there. Be sure inmportant
data and install programs are backed up in case
of having to reformat your drives.
Don't forget to
Practice safe hex.
aka techno geek
--I enjoy reading your posts, and now since I'm
posting here my address will come to live on many
of the computers on this list and will be
available to an infected computer to use as a
forged "from" addy. Now I'm almost expecting to
receive an email from "myself" with one of those
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