Re: [Scouter_T] The Screen Saver Virus
- John Oliphant said:
>Actually that is *NOT* the case -- if you 'double-click' on the attachment
> None of us are protected from this virus by Protector Plus, Norton, or
> whatever. That is, until *they* identify it, add it to their list, and
> *you* update your protection. In the meantime if you execute that
> attachment you'll regret it. Fortunately this one isn't easy to
> execute...you have to copy the attachment into the folder containing
> your other screen savers, but first you have to know where to find that
it will run, and infect your PC. Additionally, if you have the 'preview
pane' turned on in Outlook (if that is your mail client) the worm will
fire if you preview the message!
> This is the nature of viruses and worms. You cannot be protected untilThat much is true, however as John states there ARE things you can do to
> your protection knows about them. And, usually they come from people you
protect yourself. I would add to his list:
1) If you are using Microsoft Outlook as your email client, TURN OFF
the preview pane, and leave it off!
2) Make sure your PC has anti-virus software on it, and UPDATE THE DAT
FILES! All the major vendors put out updates almost daily (if not more
often) and they are either free or available by subscription. That
anti-virus program you are running is useless if the signature files are
not up-to-date. It is amazing how many copies of things like the original
Melissa and Love Bug viruses are still circulating because people either
don't have anti-virus software or haven't updated their .dat files
recently, if ever.
And to re-emphasize what John said, don't open ANY attachment from ANYONE
unless you are expecting it! Most of these worms use your own address book
as a source of new target email addresses, so often they *will* come from
someone you know.
Here's a site with more info on this worm:
Note that one thing it does (besides remailing itself) is attempt to disable
any anti-virus software running on the PC ....
Stu Allen email: allensr@...
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