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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-25-2001, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Guys im not sure if im clean or not, someone sent me an email that was titled "september 23" thats not the complete title but it was something like that, i looked at the address and didnt recognize it, scanned it with my old and not updated norton antiviris software before opening it. Said it was clean but when i opened it, the text was this...." here are the files you asked for, take a look, thanks" and that was it, i deleted everything, then deleted my trash then deleted my recycling bin, then rebooted my computer. I didnt open the attatchment, but was i too late? I wanted to update my virus definitions and tried to do so before opening up that email but they said my experation date is up and i cannot get the updates. Can someone send me something that would help? Max

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Max,Usually if you don't execute the .exe you should be ok. Go to http://www.symantac.com. Search and see if there is anything listed for "sept23". I myself have not heard of any virus with that lead in. Jim


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Here's a cut and paste from our system folks..

I didn't write this- So Microsoft don't sue me!
Folks -
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
open it.

If you're curious as to the bleary details, see for instance
http://www.mcafee.com/anti-virus/vir...t.asp?cid=2360

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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For folks without a virus checker. There is a web based virus checker that will scan your computer over the web.

http://housecall.antivirus.com/

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Okay, Glenn. I took your advice and deleted all MS programs from our server and the other 86 servers within out intranet.

Well, the MIS department didn't think that was a smart idea. In fact, they are pretty P.O.'d. Should I have done this?

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Lojones, thanks for coming thru with the free virus checker and i used it pronto. Everything checked out fine, i think that as a result of not opening the mystery mail i may have dodged the bullet! I bookmarked that site. Thanks again. Max

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I used it and it came up fine as well. I also bookmarked the site, thanks.

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I sent you a private message!

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folks, use linux for mails, just like me (linux mandrake/win2000pro dual boot machine)

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Max, Zukiguy posted a warning about this virus a couple days ago (sorry, I don't know to link to his post here). Since then I have received it twice, but since I recognized it I simply deleted it both times.

Question: I use Outlook Express. If I delete the email, then go into "deleted items" and delete from there as well, have I done all that I can do to terminate this file or would it linger on somewhere in my hardrive? Thanks for your help.

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