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Topic: Computer Viruses - Check & Protect Your Computer!, Sobig.f virus: beware of attached files< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

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Posted: Aug. 20, 2003 8:55 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

The Blaster worm (computer virus) now has a variant of it named "Sobig.F" infects itself in Windows computer systems and then sends spam email to other computer users (whether they use Windows or not). This Sobig.F virus isn't the only one out there like this, but it is the latest that can steal addresses found in your computer's address books. This one can even take addresses from email headers found in an infected computer.

What you should do is make sure your virus software is up to date with the latest virus-blocking update, keep your Windows updates current with the latest downloads from Microsoft, don't open anything with an attachment unless you know the person who sent it and you've already verified with them that it is something they sent you which they know is a legitimate file, and -- in the case of this particular worm -- do not open attachments that have names ending in the .pif file extension.

Full details can be found here but here's a quick quote about it:

"The e-mail message that carries Sobig.F has the subject line "Re: Details" and the message "Please see attached file for details." If a recipient clicks on the attachment, which can have multiple names ending in the .pif file extension, the computer will be infected.

The virus will then send itself out to names found in the victim's address book and will use one of these names to forge a return address. As such, the infected party may not quickly learn of the infection, while an innocent party may get the blame for helping to propagate it."

What this means is, even if your own computer isn't infected by this virus, someone else's infected computer can see your email address in their computer and then use it to forge your email address into a spam email it sends out from that other person's computer -- making it seem like you sent the spam email even though it came from the other person's computer. So even though more of this virus's spam might be sent out with your email address on it (or even the Disney Echo's email address), it doesn't necessarily mean that your own computer is infected. But keep your Windows updates from Microsoft current as well as your virus protection software current to prevent your computer from being infected.


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Posted: Aug. 20, 2003 10:51 am/pm Quote

Thanks for the info!  My McAfee is scanning right now making sure I'm not infected!!

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Posted: Aug. 20, 2003 4:52 am/pm Quote

A friend of mine passes along the tip that besides attachments ending in .pif, you should never open an email attachment with a filename ending in .exe, .vbs, or anything else that you're not sure of. Filenames ending in .gif, .jpg, or .html are generally safe.

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Posted: Aug. 24, 2003 1:23 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Due to recent viruses causing email spam, the Symantec Corporation, makers of Norton Anti-Virus, has put out information about the threat, a way to check out your computer to see if you have a virus or any security risks, and a removal tool for this latest virus. The best news of all is that all of this is free! Yes, it is available to everyone and not just to those who already own Norton Anti-Virus.

I recommend all Disney EchoEars check these links out to see if your computer is safe or infected:

And while it is dangerous to ever open attached files in email messages, the W32.Sobig.F@mm virus currently has these infected file types attached to the email messages it is putting out:
  • .dbx
  • .eml
  • .hlp
  • .htm
  • .html
  • .mht
  • .wab
  • .txt


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Posted: Aug. 24, 2003 3:58 am/pm Quote

And once again... thank you Rich! You've done us all a great favor, as always. :mickey:

I'm checking my computer right now to make sure it's alright.

Geez, that's scary! Why do people do these things?! I guess I've never understand that kind of mindset...


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