Virus Alert

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by mikelyons, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Hi folks,

    I just received an email purporting to be from our revered Mr Straightmute, using a university email address :-

    This email contained a virus. If I can get one, so can you.

    You have been warned
  2. Majoresteve

    Majoresteve Member

    i got something similiar last night, but from soundhousebrass@btopenworld

    oh well, thats what email scanners are for!
  3. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Unfortunately not everyone has them or keeps them up-to-date. It took me three disasters before the penny dropped.
  4. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    Yea there are loads of virus' going round all the time... I've had loads from ploughboy aka Garry Hallas! Get about 6/7 a day... and also my address has been sending out spam virus' too... there isn't anything that can be done to prevent it... rather annoying.

    Best thing is just to ignore and delete anything that comes through... Having a virus scanner which detects these things is handy also. Norton is the best.

  5. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Alternatively, don't open anything from anyone you don't know, or don't open any thing you're not expecting...
  6. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    ... which speaks for itself.... as i said...
  7. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Some of these things do come from people you know. That's part of the problem :cry:

    BTW, if anyone on here gets anything from, you can be sure it's a spoof. All band addresses are now .com except the junk mail collection mailbox.
  8. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    Yea but how many people do you know who send out emails saying
    "See attach
    password 34479.... "

    with a screensaver attachment...

    or something similar....
  9. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    The best one for me was:

    I don't have a credit card .... :?
  10. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    The one that seemed to come from david was quite innocent and looked like a bounce from a mis-typed address.

    I like the bank/credit ones, they are easy to spot. And usually, the spelling is awful.
  11. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    Oh them ones are annoying.... if its the same as what I'm thinking... :lol:
    no attachments in them... just a "mail delivery error" type thingy...
  12. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Don't be too sure about that. I've had several with java scripts and, if it is a spoofed address of someone my email client recognises and the message is html, I've found a couple with hidden text. Luckily my script stopper clobbers them, but it's still risky.
  13. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    aah right yea... follow you more now...
    All not good is it.

    Keep up the scanner updates and the index finger to delete them all! :lol:
  14. flugelgal

    flugelgal Active Member

    Alternatively, keep a hotmail address just for spam and put that in your profile, so that it all goes there... Don't post your e-mail address on any website without a bit in the middle for example:

    myname<nospam> - that way bots won't take out the <nospam> and humans (assuming you tell them to..) will.

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