Re: [XTalk] Bugbear Warning
- Dear all,
This message was posted on another list this morning. I thought it was of interest to members of this one:
You know those warnings you get which begin, 'This is not a hoax...' Well this one really isn't a hoax!
If you don't use a Microsoft operating system, if you are on a network which has its own anti-virus safeguards that are updated daily, or if you have a virus checker and have updated it on or since Wednesday 2nd October 2002 - or it automatically updates every day - you probably have no worries and need not read on. If you thought updating your virus checker once a week was sufficient, well I'm afraid it ain't.
The Bugbear virus, which originated on Monday in Malaysia, is clever enough to overwhelm firewalls and virus checkers which have not been updated to recognise it. The virus disables them - or at least stops them from putting warnings on your screen - so that you will not be able to recognise that your security has been breached. You may find that, because of this feature, you will not now be able to run the update programme for your virus checker to download the patches necessary to combat the virus. But fear not, you can still go to the website of your anti-virus programme originator and download the patches from there. To get rid of the virus you may also have to put your PC in 'safe mode' - for the same reason. The anti-virus software people will tell you how to do this. Only PCs with Microsoft operating systems are affected.
Bugbear must be removed. If not, it generates messages to people on your mailing list which contain half complete historic e-mail messages and an attachment transmitting the virus. It also generates a programme which will enable a hacker to read your keystrokes - thus deciphering your passwords etc..
The easiest way to avoid infection is not to open mysterious attachments, especially if they have odd suffixes like .scr, but the virus is very clever in that it is designed to send quite convincing messages from people you half know - or do know even - and might have expected to hear from.
You will know you have got the infection when you open a programme - especially your virus checker - and, although it is still running, it disappears from your screen.
Hope that's helpful,
Rev Tony Buglass
Pickering Methodist Circuit.
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