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e-Notes Vol. 3 No. 22

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL EMAIL USERS

This is an important warning from Jim Plummer:

Some Shell Point email users have started to receive messages which warn of malicious software associated with email messages entitled 'Here you have' or 'Here you have it.'

The referenced message ("Here you have it") contains a simple message, something like,

Hello,

This is the document I told you about, you can find it here 
[
Link].

Cheers

When a user clicks on the link in the message, bad things happen on their computer. Rather than a PDF file, the user starts a malicious executable program.

All this is true; however, this is not a new virus. The virus hoax in the "Here you have it" message was first promulgated on the Internet at least 10 months ago. All of the major antivirus programs have alerted on this virus and blocked the malicious executable since Sept 12, 2010. If you have antivirus installed on your computer (and all of us should), you should not have a problem with this virus.

That much being said, what can you do to prevent these types of viruses?

1.      Don’t click suspicious links in email, even if you know the sender.

2.      Set your antivirus programs to automatically update their virus definitions whenever new data is pushed to you. If you are not allowing this to be done automatically, you should manually update your virus definitions at least every other day (as an arbitrary rule-of-thumb).

3.      Microsoft Security Essentials is a free anti-virus offering from Microsoft. It provides protection for your computer against viruses, malware, and worms such as “Here you have it.” If you do not have antivirus, download MSE immediately.

-    The installation is available as a download from Microsoft on the Internet and is tailored for a beginner to install.

-    Note: do not actively run more than one antivirus program on your computer; sometimes they tussle with each other.

4.      If you’ve been infected, disconnect your machine from the Internet, install the latest version of an antivirus program on a removable drive, then use it to disinfect your machine.

Happy Computing to all of you.


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