Hi Janet & All,
Just thought I would let you know what I have learned about these latest
viruses that are about.
Most viruses that were around a while back worked by sending a message
to people in the address book of the infected computer. This current one
is a little different.
When a person opens the attachment containing the virus it infects their
computer and sends messages to senders of all unread messages on the
persons computer. This is done entirely without the knowledge of the
person concerned. This means that as I am doing now by posting to the
list I will more than likely receive a message containing the virus from
the infected computer of any list member who has the virus.
It will look like my message headed.
Re: The latest virus
Will then include part of my message & then
Take a look 'to' the attachment.
Say for instance Janet had the virus. We recieve a message from her
regarding our message, great we know her so it must be O.K. This is how
so many are tricked. When they try to open the attachment they are told
there is an error & they can't open it, but in fact it has already
This virus is rampant at the moment. The best way to combat it is not to
open the attachment but to take a note of whose computer it came from &
then notify the list owner. The list owner then contacts the person
privately & lets them know the bad news & temporarily unsubscribes the
person until they have cleaned up their computer.
The most important thing is not to blame the poor person who is
unknowingly passing on this virus. It didn't even originate in our
country hence - take a look 'to' instead of 'at'.
Where most viruses come from an address unknown to us, this one is
tricky as it comes form someone who is on a list we are on. It comes as
a reply to a message we have posted to the list although it does not
come through it. If you are on the lookout & don't open an attachment
you are not expecting you have no problem.
Perth, Western Australia
WOW THANKS SHARON, NOW WE KNOW!!!! Best wishes from janet