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Virus infected e-mails

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posted on Mar, 1 2003 @ 11:00 AM
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I don't know what's happening lately, but I'm receiving about 2 - 3 virus infected e-mails a week.

The only one that I remember the name of was, "Windows XP Upgrade". I've just received another one that was blank and without a sender IP - it simply had the attachment paper clip.

Is anyone else having this problem besides me?

I'm glad that I'm running a good anti-virus program that automatically updates itself.

All the Best,
Deep




posted on Mar, 1 2003 @ 11:55 AM
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Yeah, I was receiving these craps too. ( virus,trojans, worms and nigerian spam ).

Also, some remote attempt connection who have all failed.

" Somebody " hates me too much !


I'm pretty happy to have a fortress, and not a simple PC.



posted on Mar, 1 2003 @ 08:20 PM
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i'm getting them too... they took our e-mail addresses from the member list, i guess.
nothing happens to me either because i use a shell acount.



posted on Mar, 1 2003 @ 09:53 PM
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me too, about 10 a day...

I use mailwasher to filter my posts first, it gets rid of the spam fantastically, and you can open the virsus email without running them and see that they are .pif files or similar.

Picks up about 90% of spam ... including simons one from ats
, just highlights it and allows you to delte them all and bounce a "not here" error back to the spammers....

Also use zonealarm and Vet...

Keeps me secure....:poed:

[Edited on 2-3-2003 by Netchicken]



posted on Mar, 1 2003 @ 10:03 PM
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whats vet? Do you have a url?



posted on Mar, 1 2003 @ 10:10 PM
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Originally posted by William One Sac
whats vet? Do you have a url?


www.vet.com.au...

Virus scanner, very good, frequent updates...



posted on Mar, 1 2003 @ 10:36 PM
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ive gotten O spam and O viruses


im using a mac with a mac.com email addy.



posted on Mar, 2 2003 @ 08:37 AM
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Vet sounds pretty good, but at $86 it's quite pricey.

I'm glad that it offers you sufficient protection NC.

Deep



posted on Mar, 2 2003 @ 09:19 PM
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I can't believe what I found when checking a few pages at my website today. Someone has hacked into the HTML tags and added a stupid porn banner on my ancient technology page (of all places)!

I'm at a complete loss as to who may have done that, but the site is hosted by ICQ and the reason I no longer use ICQ messenger, is because of all the stupid porn promotions that constantly bombarded me there.

Because I was so shocked and hurrying to correct the HTML tags, I messed up the tags and ended up having to scrap the entire page.
Gawd, I could choke someone for this!

I hope no one else has this done to them, it's an outrage.

Take care all,
Deep



posted on Mar, 5 2003 @ 10:01 AM
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I've been getting a lot of strange email lately as well. Yesterday I received two, one that was 120K and one that was 127K, but there was absolutely no content in them at all. Is this a virus? They were from familiar email addresses, but in the sender column it usually tells who is sending it(a name) if they're on my buddy list, instead it just showed their email address.

A friend of mine called me this morning and said that an officer called her last night in reference to a nasty email that her daughter had sent to someone. She said it would have been impossible for her daughter to send it at the time they say it was sent. Does this sound like hacking?



posted on Mar, 5 2003 @ 10:45 AM
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Whilst I can't confirm if those two e-mails were virus infected, I would say that they sound very strange. I did receive a blank e-mail that was quite large and was infected.

Are you running a good anti-virus program?

I've found that internet security is pretty much an illusion, unless you have the money to afford high levels of defense.

May I suggest that you close the preview pane in your e-mail program. If that is allowed to preview your mail, then it's already opened and a virus may infect your system before you can stop it.

Whenever I receive strange mail I do two things:

1) If I'm curious or unsure if it's malicious, I open it's properties and check the message source.

2) Create a new mail rule, to delete all future mails from that sender to be deleted from my pop server.

I hope this offers you some constructive options.

All the Best,
Deep



posted on Mar, 5 2003 @ 11:01 AM
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Thanks for the advice deep. I just have the basic McAfee Anti-virus, dont know how good it is. Just a couple of minutes ago, I received another 122k email from the same address as yesterday's blank email. You said to open its properties before opening the mail. What am I looking for? Thanks again.



posted on Mar, 5 2003 @ 05:35 PM
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By keeping the preview mail pane closed, my e-mail is "sealed" until I choose to open or delete it. I can then right click the e-mail and select properties, then select message source. That allows me to read the e-mails contents and sender address, without actually opening it.

If it is from some suspicious source or just spam, then I can either simply delete it or create a rule for all future mails sent from that same source (without ever actually opening it).

One problem with spammers is that they will change their identities and by-pass the delete rule. If they get through again, I just create another rule with the new identity. At one time I had almost 300 delete from server rules, to filter out the rubbish.

Basically viewing the properties & message source allows me to read the contents of a suspicious e-mail, without actually opening it - protecting myself from possible infection.

I hope this makes sense,
Deep



posted on Mar, 5 2003 @ 05:38 PM
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Thanks again deep, much appreciated.



posted on Mar, 6 2003 @ 03:13 AM
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I've had similar issues with receiving big emails with nothing in them. Normally it was a security setting in Outlook Express. If I were all of you I would simply switch to Linux. It is by far a superior product compared to anything MS could even dream of putting out. The reason being is that the coding is freely available to the world which in turn puts millions of coding hours into making it even better. If you think about it MS is merely confined to the best of their limited programmers. Regardless, it is very very difficult to get a virus in Linux, as most of them require that you be logged in as root (super user) It comes with built in firewall software, and it also uses what's called IPtables and IPchains which is another security feature on top of that all for free. Also, few, if no crashes. I've been running Red Hat 8 for about 2 months and have not a single crash or hang. Updates, no need to check for updates every single day, as the updates that are given are for the better. I would recommend to most people to gradually switch, as it will take some time to get familiar with it. I would start with Mandrake Linux version 9.0. Almost all hardware is supported, and it comes built in with a program that will allow you to install most Windows only apps on it. So, my advice GO LINUX!!!



posted on Mar, 6 2003 @ 06:10 AM
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I've just received another infected e-mail. This one's subject said, "Deepwaters, you've got to see this". That a bit too personal for my taste, most infected mail has a generic subject like the "Ha Ha Ha, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", or is blank. I have no idea where this stuff is coming from, or why.

Grommer, I've heard of Linux but am totally unfamiliar with it. I'm assuming that it's an alternative operating system similar to MS Windows - yes?

I'll do a seacrh and see what I can find out & how much it costs.

I hope no one else share's my recent virus invasion.

All the Best,
Deep



posted on Mar, 6 2003 @ 08:44 AM
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google search return

Results 1 - 10 of about 53,100,000.

the cost is FREE!! most people dont believe it, but it's free, plus you get the code and can change it any darn way you want. I would recommend using either Mandrake or Red Hat, both of them just recently have released new versions which are far superior to MS. Yes it is an alternative to MS. I use Red Hat and it came with OpenOffice kinda like (Office XP) or other office suite. If you have anymore questions feel free to U2U me.



posted on Mar, 6 2003 @ 10:35 AM
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Ya know deep, it crossed my mind that this didn't start until I was on here. But now you're receiving them with your handle from this site mentioned in the subject. It seems to me someone on here might be involved if they called you deepwaters. I don't know a whole lot about this, basically just like to use the internet.

Grommer, if we were to switch, would we have to switch everything over or do you just add that on? Probably a stupid question, but like I said I dont know much about this.



posted on Mar, 6 2003 @ 10:48 AM
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My man, the only stupid question, is one that wasn't asked.

Stay well Bro,
Deep



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