E-mail virus

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  1. silveroxide

    silveroxide Well-Known Member

    I opened a spam e-mail and it has a rider virus attached to it which hijacks and sends an email to a pharmaceutical website for Cialis or Viagra. I generally disregard spam and delete it right away unless I know who it is from. In this case, it came from another modeler on another site and since I know his avatar name I opened it. I regret any confusion on the part of some of you. If you see my email of petroxide, disregard it since I will make any contact with any member here through the internal email.
  2. chooch.42

    chooch.42 Member

    Thanks for being sharp enough to pick this up - and kind enough to let us know !!! Bob C :mrgreen:
  3. silveroxide

    silveroxide Well-Known Member

    In my case, I have an external tetra-byte hard drive I back-up to. On my desk top, I format my hardrive and load all my applications from the factory discs. I run a scan of my external Hardrive and reload the programs and files I need.

    On my lap top, I do the same but do a recovery, load my norton and rescan the hardrive. To some, it may seem drastic, but it works for me. And to be on the safe side, I took all of my addressees, deleted them from my on line e-mail and and made a separate folder from them on my external drive.
  4. hellside

    hellside New Member

    a letter with attachment is always dangerous.
  5. mtfbwu97

    mtfbwu97 New Member

    heres a tip

    for anyone that gets this virus if you dont have any anti-virus software get this thing called 'spybot search and destroy.'

    its free and gets rid of 99.99% of viruses. also if it tells you you need to restart your computer for it to get rid of some viruses DO IT IMEADATLY [lol i cant spell =p]

    it works really well try it :thumb:
  6. _Minato_

    _Minato_ New Member

    too bad O_O
  7. surfspc

    surfspc New Member

    Be carefulll... Unknown sender equals do not open it
  8. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    The problem is that he *knew* the sender, so sometimes the most prepared and informed person can become a victim of a virus.
  9. Azurial

    Azurial New Member

    wow... viruses suck... but what i do is usually load up 2 or 3 different Anti-Virus programs on my PC to make sure that most major threats are taken care of. not all AV software is created equal. also you can find help on MajorGeeks.com
  10. RocketmanTan

    RocketmanTan Well-Known Member

    Sounds strangely familiar. I'll hide their name for now, unless a moderator here would like me to reveal it. A "member" here wanted to show me their model, but for some reason, they could only send it via email. Checking the person's profile, he seemed a legit member. So, I gave him my email; I got a blank reply on here and what else did I get? Junk mail that said some products could enhance my...junk sign1. I've been getting these emails periodically ever since; not enough to the extent where it annoys me to no end, but I'd like to get to the bottom of this.
  11. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Please send me a P.M. Thanks. Revealing things like this could cause problems, especially if it was unintentional. Also, you should can all your mail. A good antivirus program would never have let it through. I use AT&T, and that stops stopped on the web based server.
  12. howtogurus

    howtogurus New Member

    Hi All, I am a software trainer and Internet Security trainer so I always pay extra attention to discussions like this. My current recommendations: SpyBot Search and Destroy, Adaware, and ESET Smart Security. I used to use Norton, but the latest versions were really slowing down my computer and not catching some stuff that was then caught by SpyBot. Since I installed ESET Smart Security my computer runs faster and nothing gets by that program. You still have to be careful of any link or attachment in any email. My rule of thumb, if I was not expecting it then I don't click on it. Also be very careful of any email supposedly coming from your bank, or PayPal or eBay, or Amazon. All of these are frequent targets of Spoof emails, that look pretty much like the real thing. I never click on any link that says it comes from my bank, etc. I always go to my bank's web site directly, log in and check the messages section. If it is legit you will find it in the messages section, you don't need to click on that link. I frequently post news stories and my own articles on security on my Facebook page, easy to find, just look at my username. Same thing for my web site, again, just look at my username. Hope this info helps.
  13. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Good tips all around!
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