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Not really sure where to post this but feel it needs some attention by someone here!

I have been receiving some strange e-mail from people here on the Café. Most of whom I have never contacted. Is anyone else beside myself and NUMs getting these? They have an attachment usually one is usually a jpeg and the other is a pif or some sort of text file...I am not opening these, and I suggest you don't either.
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It's nothing anybody here can help with. It's a virus.

That's how viruses work - they send the virus emails to everybody in that person's guestbook and show the message coming from others in the guestbook. The message is usually "from" somebody other than the person who actually has the virus, so it's nearly impossible to tell who is really sending it.

Viruses usually have an attachment like the "pif" you're getting. The attachment could be an "exe" or "scr", or any one of a number of other file types.

So, it appears that somebody has a virus and your email address is in that person's address book. It's something everybody has to deal with, not just Café members. You're right - don't open the email and you're okay. And get yourself a virus program for additional protection.
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Be sure and add a Firewall, too. Virus protection is not 100%. And make sure you keep current with Microsoft security patches. All this has kept me from ever getting a virus...since first contact outside of my PC.

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