Here's a cut and paste from our system folks..
I didn't write this- So Microsoft don't sue me!
As you are probably aware, YAMSOV (Yet Another Microsoft
Outbreak Virus) is terrorizing the world's email folders. This one is
generally called "sircam" and is characterized by the inclusion of an
arbitrary file from the victim's hard drive (the filename is also the
message subject) and a short textual message along the lines of:
"Hi! How are you? I send you this file in order to have your
advice See you later. Thanks"
The file attached will generally have a double extension (e.g.
"filename.doc.pif") and needless to say it would be A Bad Idea(tm) to
If you're curious as to the bleary details, see for instance
I'd like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few
commonsense practices that will help reduce your chances of
contracting or spreading such annoying cyberpests.
1. Don't use broken mail software. Anything sold by Microsoft
is suspect; they have displayed such arrant disregard for the clear
problems that arise from integration of mail/browsing software and
their so-called "operating systems" that in my less-than-humble
opinion the only sane choice is to eschew their software altogether.
If you use their OS, choose third-party mail software.
2. Never open or save an attachment that's been mailed to you
unless the sender:
A) is known to you,
B) explains clearly what the attachment is and what purpose
s/he had in mind when sending it, and
C) writes in a manner that is consistent with his/her
personality and previous correspondence.
3. COROLLARY: When *sending* an email to which you intend to
attach a file, you should always make sure that in the body of the
email message you:
A) mention that you are attaching a file, and
B) name the file and explain its relevance.
Furthermore, I'd recommend also that:
C) if you're not writing to someone who knows you well,
include a reminder of previous contact, and
D) if you're forwarding a message you recieved from someone
else, don't simply bounce it onwards; notify the recipient
of your reasons in forwarding. (This is of course also
applicable to emails without attachments.)
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