<CT> Re: Virus Warning

  • From: GLENNRPH@xxxxxxx
  • To: calmira_tips@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 12:29:00 EDT

In a message dated 03-05-13 10:46:17 EDT, you write:

 From: "David Burgess" <d.burgess@xxxxxxxxx>
 Subject: <CT> Virus warning
 Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 15:45:52 +0100
 This is a virus that comes under the guise of a mailing from Microsoft:
 "Microsoft Internet Public Services" -addressed to "MS Clients", titled "New
 Internet Security Pack".
 Norton Anti-Virus detected the W32.Gibe.B@mm virus in the file p428913.exe.
 Take care on this; they've even dressed up the message itself in a
 Microsoft-like blue colour scheme.
 Best wishes,
 David. >>

I am constantly amazed by the number of people that get duped
by these type of mailings.  Try as I might, I still cannot get all my
friends and family to realize that virtually NO reputable or otherwise
noteworthy software vendor sends updates via unsolicited email!  
The other point, especially with Microsoft, many of the system
updates for Windows are only available via Windows Update, and
even then only on supported versions (Win98SE and later, side note,
Win98SE is scheduled to be "non-supported" in 2003).  Still, many
people just look at the subject line and click without thinking...or
worse yet, they use Outlook/Outlook Express with "auto-execute"
turned on for everything...yikes!
Have a good day!
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