New Computer "Worm"

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  1. ccheese

    ccheese Member In Perpetuity
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    I received the following from McAfee. I subscribe to their virus warnings, and have McAfee Antivirus
    installed in all my computers. This came this morning:

    A new Internet worm dubbed "Here You Have" is streaming into worldwide inboxes, offering a dangerous payload, according to McAfee Labs. The worm, which travels via spam email with the subject line of "Here you have," or "Just for you," masquerades as an email with a link to a video or an attached document file. However, the email actually contains a link to a malicious program that can disable security software and send itself to all the contacts in the recipient's address book.

    Corporations around the world were particularly affected by the worm on Thursday as it clogged up their email systems. Consumers could be affected as they go home and log onto their machines. For this reason, McAfee Labs has labeled the worm as a "medium" risk, and warns all computer users to delete any email with the "Here you have," or "Just for you," subject line.

    Although the dangerous link has been taken down, neutralizing the threat, it can still spread through remote machines, mapped drives and removable media, Labs warns.

    If you have an up-to-date and properly configured McAfee security software product then you are protected against this threat.

    The Hook: You receive a spam email with the subject line "Here you have," or "Just for you," and a link or attachment that looks like it leads to a video or document file. It may appear that the email comes from someone you know.

    The Methods: The email invites you to click on the link, and once you do it prompts you to download a file. This file is actually malware that disables the security software on your machine and sends itself to everyone listed as a contact in your address book.

    The Dangers: Once you are infected, your computer has diminished security protection. Your machine is also being used to spam your friends and contacts. If you are on a corporate network, the network could be clogged as the worm works its way through address books.

    Bottom Line: Do not click on the link in any email with the subject header "Here you have," or "Just for you," even if it appears to be from someone you know.

    Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim:


    Never click on a link in a spam email or IM from someone you don't know. Be suspicious of strange emails from family or friends: their accounts may have been compromised.


    Use comprehensive security software, like McAfee SecurityCenter software, to protect you from viruses, spam, and other Internet threats, and keep the software up-to-date. Save on McAfee SecurityCenter.


    Set your operating system and browser to automatically apply updates.


    Charles
     
  2. Aaron Brooks Wolters

    Aaron Brooks Wolters Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the heads up Charles.:thumbright:
     
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    I agree, thanks!
     
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    Thanks Charles. I got an anonymous e-mail on Friday, with a similar heading, from a source I didn't recognise. Didn't even open th e-mail, just deleted it immediately.
     
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    And that's the best thing to do in any situation such as that, with unknown sources and mysterious files/links.
     
  6. Vassili Zaitzev

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    Thanks for the heads up Charles. :thumbright:
     
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    My thanks too, i use norton 360 plus the filters of my provider. so far i've been luckly nothing has ever gotten through
     
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    I still never got my money back from the fake Viagra...... :evil4:
     
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    Chalk it up as the cost of learning. :evil4:
     
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    I use Linux, no virusses sofar and no need for anti-virus software.Works great if you only do the usual stuff like Internet, e-mail and an occasional letter on Open Office.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. Not had any viruses for a couple of years. Common sense is almost as good as most programs these days.
     
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    The way the new virus works kind of remind me of the old "I Love You" virus we had a few years ago... Same "way of transmission" and it causes the same damages to the computer.
     
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    Had a small issue this morning, but ran malware and anti virus programs and it cleaned up.
     
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