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Steven Youell
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I am putting this here because I believe this is the most frequented forum.

I hope the admins leave it up for a few days!

In the last two hours I've gotten two e-mails from magicians that have obviously been the product of a virus that is spamming every email in their address book.

Please act accordingly.

SEY
Mr. Mystoffelees
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Steve,


Thanks, but could you give us more info? What are they saying/asking, how do we recognize it as a virus, what should we do if we get it...
Also known, when doing rope magic, as "Cordini"
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Is the virus selling any magic tricks? Smile

in any case the best course of action is to contact those people and tell them to fix their stuff.

What to do - make sure you have a functioning and daily updated antivirus from a big vendor.
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On 2009-11-27 20:08, mandarin wrote:
Thanks, but could you give us more info? What are they saying/asking, how do we recognize it as a virus, what should we do if we get it...


It has a bunch of magicians in the CC field. The message has little or no text.
The subject line is almost always designed to get you to click on the link in the email.

One of the rules of virus prevention is to NEVER click on a hyperlink in an email unless you're so sure of it's sender that you're willing to risk all the data on your machine (or it's been scanned by an updated virus scanner).

If you want a very good FREE virus scanner, you can go here:

http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-......142.html

That's a safe download of AVG Free Edition. Download, install, update and scan.

SEY
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Thanks brother!

I have AVG and whatever else my computer wiz kid installed to protect his computer illiterate pop. I also employ the safe guards Steven suggests!

MMc
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A friend of mine who knows much more than me has suggested this program and says it's less bloated than AVG:

http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

SEY
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...plus Avast is FREE and the virus database updates daily automatically. I've used it for about six years now with no problems. Great suggestion Steven.
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Steve,

Are you mac or p.c.? Are you running norton?

-Mary Mowder
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Hello! Well, I guess this is the time of year for all kinds of virus attacks! I am a PC guy, but one FREE application for protection on your systems that gets rave reviews and is automatically updated is from COMODO.COM which is another reputable company/website. Their download comes bundled with firewall/internet protection. They also provide another free download for a system cleaner that corrects a number of other potential problems with your registry, etc. Thanks Steven for the heads up!
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One of the rules of virus prevention is to NEVER click on a hyperlink in an email unless you're so sure of it's sender that you're willing to risk all the data on your machine (or it's been scanned by an updated virus scanner).


The other biggie is to never open attachments to emails. Same reason.
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On 2009-11-28 09:34, MagiClyde wrote:
The other biggie is to never open attachments to emails. Same reason.


Attachments from people you don't know...

SEY
Steven Youell
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On 2009-11-28 02:10, Mary Mowder wrote:
Steve,

Are you mac or p.c.? Are you running norton?


Mary-- in my house we run every Operating System-- OSX, Linux and several versions of Windows. Some will tell you that you only need virus protection on Windows. That's not always true. Just because your computer is highly unlikely to be infected by a virus, you can still pass a virus on to someone else by forwarding e-mails or files. (especially from people you don't know).

SEY
Mary Mowder
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Thanks Steve,

I'll be careful.

Mary Mowder
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All the computer geek kids that grew up around my house and are now techs and programmers ALL say Norton is junk by comparison! I know that I have not had any problems since I quit using it!
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Just a quick note: Norton is one of the worst AVs around. The best you can get are either Kanpersky or Nod32.
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On 2009-11-28 14:35, Steven Youell wrote:
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On 2009-11-28 09:34, MagiClyde wrote:
The other biggie is to never open attachments to emails. Same reason.


Attachments from people you don't know...

SEY

Actually, if the virus is pulling new addresses from current victims' address books, then it's quite likely that it will _appear_ to come from someone you know who was unfortunately infected.

If you're not expecting an attachment, don't open it. If it's unexpected from someone you know, then ask/confirm with them first.
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Avast is a great free anti virus get the free home edition as Steve posted above.

http://www.avast.com/

and also down load Winpatrol. one of the best free programs out there.

http://www.winpatrol.com/

get Firefox and the add on NoScripts.

AVG is a process HOG! if you want a good anti virus to scan with go with Asquared or super anti spyware. both great if you think you may already have a virus.
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I opt for Microsoft Security Essentials as an AV. MS finally did what they should have done over twenty years ago. An operating system should be secure by default.

Nobody has mentioned the potential for viruses from using a USB Flash Drive or a CD Rom if you aren't sure of its contents
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None of the above protects against a zeroday. Besides, small "free" viruses do not get all the signatures the big vendors do.
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I wouldn't exactly call Microsoft small.
In any event Microsoft Security Essentials has been reviewed and te3sted to death and I have yet to read a negative word on either it's heuristic capabilities or it's resource usage.
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