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SG-W:/ VIRUS ALERT
- Subject: SG-W:/ VIRUS ALERT
- From: Rober98@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2004 12:19:18 EST
- Delivered-To: email@example.com
- Delivered-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Smartgrowth-washtenaw list members:
Last evening I got an e-mail, purporting to be from email@example.com , that apparently had a virus-infected file as an attachment.
I send this e-mail to the list because others may have received a similar e-mail, and may not have current anti-virus software.
The attached file was an ".exe" file, i.e., one which goes into action when it's downloaded, and apparently installs a virus.
The e-mail's subject line was: "Hi"
The complete text of the e-mail was:
The important part is that there was an attached file, called "phwcqy.exe" and that file is an ".exe" file which is very dangerous to download. I believe it's the case that your computer usually can't get infected by opening an e-mail, but only by downloading something.
Usually I know better, but in a moment of inattention I stupidly downloaded this file (on my other computer), and now have a virus called something like "Beagle32".
It is at least largely under control by my Norton Antivirus (which I am very happy I've kept updated!) and apparently not doing damage, although I haven't yet gotten rid of it.
Good luck, all.