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Title: Beware - Possible Computer Virus
Post by: admin on October 20, 2009, 12:01:35 PM
If you receive an email saying "A New settings file for xxxxx.xxx has just been released" with your e-mail address, it looks like it is some sort of virus. Some ask you to click on a link and some have a zip file attachment. Just delete it.


Title: Re: Beware - Possible Computer Virus
Post by: Tendereyes on October 20, 2009, 01:03:11 PM
The week before last, I downloaded an update for my anti-virus program (AVG).  I get these new releases twice/three times a year and downloaded it (it came from CNET Downloads which I think is a reputable download site).
However, at the weekend, I received another email from CNET Downloads to say that AVG had released another build and it was ready to download as well (strange after just one week).
I did download it, as I've never had problems with AVG before and the program installed correctly - but since then, I've had several problems with .dll files missing and programs that were originally working fine - seem to be doing strange things.
Just be very careful what you download.  There are some really nasty people out there in cyber land >:(


Title: Re: Beware - Possible Computer Virus
Post by: admin on October 20, 2009, 03:34:15 PM
Another virus I have come across recently is you are asked to pay for some software to run one of your applications. It seems if you receive an email with say a Word attachment, this can trigger it. I heard on the World Service that they have managed to dupe something like twenty three million people.


Title: Re: Beware - Possible Computer Virus
Post by: James Hatch on October 20, 2009, 04:58:43 PM
Always check with Google before doing anything:

Search ResultsNew Settings File for Scam - New settings file has just been ... 
14 Oct 2009 ... This new settings file email will catch a few people out - don't let ... Subject: A new settings file for the “my email here” has just been ...
www.kenkai.com/seo-blog-article-224.htm - Cached - SimilarZBot variant masked as settings file for MS Outlook « mxlab – all ... 
14 Oct 2009 ... ZBot variant masked as settings file for MS Outlook. MX Lab has been tipped regarding a new 0-day email related virus by Alan Dougherty from ...
blog.mxlab.eu/.../zbot-variant-masked-as-settings-file-for-ms-outlook/ - Cached - SimilarA new settings file for the user@celebrity-bigbrother.com mailbox ... 
19 Oct 2009 ... subject: A new settings file for the ****@celebrity-bigbrother.com mailbox. date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 17:51:37 -0600 ...
spam.bubble.ro/155560-a-new-settings-file-for-the-user-celebrity-bigbrother-com-mailbox/ - 15


Title: Re: Beware - Possible Computer Virus
Post by: admin on October 21, 2009, 04:45:57 PM
Another virus is going around at the moment too. If you receive an e-mail saying "Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook" which asks you to go to the Microsoft website, DON'Tclick on it. It loads a Trojan.


Title: Re: Beware - Possible Computer Virus
Post by: James Hatch on October 21, 2009, 05:08:46 PM
Once again! Always check with Google:

» Zeus Trojan Attacks Microsoft Outlook Users by Rose DesRochers ... 
Zeus Trojan Attacks Microsoft Outlook Users. October 20th, 2009 by Rose ... to trick users into believing they have to update their webmail settings. ...
rosedesrochers.todays-woman.net/2009/.../zeus-trojan-attacks-microsoft-outlook-users/ - 23 hours ago - Similar