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Friday, September 19, 2003

Virus Masquerade as MSN Patch 

If you get an email about microsoft security, don't open it! It's a virus. Transparent graphics on the email could read your email address and send even more!

If you want to know if it's a real email from MSN or the virus, click on your "clean up" function. Read how large of a percentage of space the email takes. It should be .10 or less, generally 1.0 to be generous. If it's about 6-7%, it's a virus.

Just delete it, unopened. And delete all of them from your "discarded" mail, too. No sense letting it take up space in your email folders.

Here's the story: Virus masquerades as MSN Patch http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6600_7-5078675.html

DON'T PANIC! We've been thru WORSE!
What's really scary about these is: they're using MSN stationary and some MSN links, to make them look legit.

I TRIED bouncing for headers and forwarding them to abuse@ the hosts from which they came. They were rejected because they were too large!

So, the outfits who are unwittingly SENDING these virus emails won't RECEIVE them. They'll never know they're aiding and abetting this!

It took approxemately 10 minutes per email to bounce/forward them to myself and then to send them on to various abuse@ addresses.

I gave up after the 3rd one. I have a few more this morning.

I only got a total of about 10 of these, compared to other MSNTV users' 20 or 30, but the day is young.

But, each one of these virus spams is taking up 7-10% of my mail box!

I've almost completely stopped using my @webtv.net address for anything. I'm using yahoo mail. The spam filters work.

I'd use hotmail or msn or whatever, but, after 2 years of trying, I can NOT get anybody to straighten out my passport and password so I can get IN to my hotmail account! They WON't FIX IT!

Times like these, I'm particularly angry about being treated like a brain-damaged child by people I'm PAYING to provide me with internet service!

posted by Rogi  # 9/19/2003 07:33:00 AM
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