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* * * * VIRUS WARNING * * * * #18562
12/10/02 10:28 PM
12/10/02 10:28 PM
Admin  Offline
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Please be aware that there are Viruses out there constantly circulating around. Make sure that your Virus Protection software is up-to-date and active. Make sure it is set to scan all email and attachments.

If you receive a strange Email with an attached file be very wary in opening it, even if it is apparently from someone that you know. When a computer is infected with some viruses they will choose addresses at random from an address book and send email (infected) to one address from another. This means that you cannot believe the 'From' address and must look deeper into the header info to find where it really came from.

Be Careful!

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Re: * * * * VIRUS WARNING * * * * #18563
12/12/02 08:13 AM
12/12/02 08:13 AM
Wirenuttt  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 267
This exact situation happened to our puter. It had an email address of someone we knew, it had an attachment. My g/f and I share this puter, we each have our own email. One came to me from her and one came to her from me. Only thing is, we never emailed each other. Turned out it came from someone we both know. We checked the return path on both emails and they both were sent from the same puter. It had an attchment that we downloaded. It did infect our puter. We saw that we had 101 infected files and growing. We installed McAfee and had them all removed and cleaned up. WHat a mess that was, all ove an email. We notified the person who sent it. HIs puter was completely poluted. It took him weeks to fix it. That advice about checking the header like you mention is sound advice, we look to see if the header matches the email sender, if it doesn't and sometimes with an attachment, we delete it, then go to recently deleted mail and permantly delete it. Friends of mine have had this similar problem at their work, cause panic, they had pros come in to fix their entire system.

Re: * * * * VIRUS WARNING * * * * #18564
12/12/02 09:35 AM
12/12/02 09:35 AM
Bill Addiss  Offline
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I opened an infected attachment once that was seemingly from someone I knew. After looking at the screen after I clicked on it and seeing nothing my stomach started to turn as I heard my hard drive start churning and continue that way for several minutes. It was deleting thousands of picture files from my computer. Luckily I had backups of most and the ordeal wasn't too bad, but it taught me a good lesson.


Re: * * * * VIRUS WARNING * * * * #18565
12/12/02 08:03 PM
12/12/02 08:03 PM
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Posts: 2,527
West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
In a pinch—for an online scan—there's

Re: * * * * VIRUS WARNING * * * * #18566
12/16/02 06:08 PM
12/16/02 06:08 PM
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Posts: 53
Almost as bad as a virus but not as destructive is those new (*%#$^%(*^ ad popups that take over your computer when you start your web browser. Got a shareware program called Ad-Aware and cleaned out 20+ files that basically either took over your 'puter or "spied" on you.

Welcome to the next generation of 'puter pain.

Re: * * * * VIRUS WARNING * * * * #18567
12/16/02 08:02 PM
12/16/02 08:02 PM
sparky  Offline
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Posts: 5,343
why do people do this?

Re: * * * * VIRUS WARNING * * * * #18568
12/16/02 08:19 PM
12/16/02 08:19 PM
sparky66wv  Offline
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 2,236
West Virginia
Go to for Free Ad-aware download.

Go to for Zone Alarm.

Anti-virus software alone isn't enough.

[This message has been edited by sparky66wv (edited 12-16-2002).]

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Re: * * * * VIRUS WARNING * * * * #18569
12/16/02 08:25 PM
12/16/02 08:25 PM
txsparky  Offline
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 552
Magnolia,.Texas U.S.A.
why do people do this?

Because they are a$$holes with nothing better to do than make someone elses life miserable.



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