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> Aargh. Damn Viri, it's really annoying me
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post Aug 22 2003, 10:16 PM
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I seem to be getting ten copies of the latest virus for every 'real' email I get at the moment and it's really annoying me!

This'll teach me to reply to everyone who emails me... I've ended up in hundreds of address books so when a virus comes out like this one I get bombarded!

On top of this I'm getting all the automatic emails from companies emailing me telling me that I've tried to send them a virus when in fact its just the virus that has stolen my email address from other people's address books and is pretending to be me.

I've had enough of it!

Grr!


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post Aug 22 2003, 10:18 PM
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Lucky for me nobody likes me biggrin.gif

Norton Antivirus safeguards my computer, plus I hardly ever get e-mail anyway, so it's not a huge problem.

Edit: Uh oh, you replied to me when I e-mailed you to tell you about the missing LGG link...does this mean I'm on some Address Book of Doom? ph34r.gif


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post Aug 22 2003, 10:20 PM
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Gah!! Bloody slammer virus... take yer one PC an multiply it by 5500, an then add in a stock address list of over 13000, an that's the scale of the task I've had to put up with this week...

Never work in the IT department fer a large corporation, guys. No fun...


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post Aug 22 2003, 10:21 PM
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Yes, have you considered opening a "for spam only account" and use it to register the warranties and other goodies online and such to free up your "real" personal e-mail from being on all those lists?

I had come to a point where I just deleted an account and started from scratch, I mean 500 plus e-mails a day were really bad let alone with the wave of worms and virii attachments , I couldn't scan all the e-mails to make sure which were authentic and which were "forwarded".

The SoBIG virii attacked 20 people from that I know , bad virii indeed.


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post Aug 22 2003, 10:21 PM
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Nothing infects me because I'm not stupid enough to open the attachments but still... Everyone is on a list somewhere, all it takes is for a few stupid people and the whole world becomes infected.

I'll say it again:

Don't open attachments without knowing what they will do.

Don't run things without running a virus scan on them.


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post Aug 22 2003, 10:23 PM
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Get Norton Antivirus. Set it to scan everything you download, every e-mail you get, every e-mail you send, and your entire system once a week. Keeps your computer squeaky clean!


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post Aug 22 2003, 10:25 PM
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My main account is my spam account really. I don't get much spam but I am on the address book of a lot of people just because of this site. People email me everyday and I write back to them all. A lot of them add me to their address book and even try to get me on messenger services too.

It's the nature of my business but it doesn't stop it being any less annoying when this kind of thing happens!

edit: yep, got Norton Anti-V and Firewall.


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post Aug 22 2003, 11:46 PM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Aug 22 2003, 05:18 PM)
Norton Antivirus safeguards my computer, plus I hardly ever get e-mail anyway, so it's not a huge problem.

I've given up on Norton Antivirus...we've had more problems with viruses on this computer with Norton than with ANY other antivirus program we've ever had. I hate it.

I got a bit of advice from an ex-hacker friend of mine the other day: DO NOT use Norton as your antivirus program of choice, because it's the most common and well-known program, so EVERY hacker out there has at least a handful of viruses that can get through Norton without setting off a blip. At least, that's what he said. And from our experience, he's right.....bleh. dry.gif


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post Aug 23 2003, 01:13 AM
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[quote=Goddess of Wheee,Aug 22 2003, 07:46 PM] [QUOTE=CommieBastard,Aug 22 2003, 05:18 PM]

I've given up on Norton Antivirus...we've had more problems with viruses on this computer with Norton than with ANY other antivirus program we've ever had. I hate it.

I got a bit of advice from an ex-hacker friend of mine the other day: DO NOT use Norton as your antivirus program of choice, because it's the most common and well-known program, so EVERY hacker out there has at least a handful of viruses that can get through Norton without setting off a blip. At least, that's what he said. And from our experience, he's right.....bleh. dry.gif [/quote]
Hmmmmmm....well i use norton and i have not been hacked once tongue.gif or bothered with...the proggy works well....what norton version are you talkin bout?


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post Aug 23 2003, 01:26 AM
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the latest. We had Norton Antivirus, Norton Firewall (which was the biggest EDIT to deal with)...we just got rid of them a week or so ago and we'd updated everything like 2 weeks before that.


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post Aug 23 2003, 10:29 AM
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guess what i found out is bad for a computer? when you leave your fiddlesome and annyoing stepborther alone with it and he manages to turn off all the virus scanners and somehow not realise it...

and then you get viruses

and then your computer dies

and then you get yelled at when its not your damn fault!

and then...you end up here...in a corner shop marauding as an internet cafe

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post Aug 23 2003, 03:40 PM
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Norton is very common but it's good as long as you make sure you keep it up to date and that you have automatic updates turned on (which a lot of people don't!!!!)


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post Aug 23 2003, 03:51 PM
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I've had a bunch of virii, and Norton's dealt with all of them, so unless I get problems it can't fix I'll be sticking with it.


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post Aug 23 2003, 11:04 PM
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QUOTE (Goddess of Wheee @ Aug 22 2003, 09:26 PM)
the latest. We had Norton Antivirus, Norton Firewall (which was the biggest EDIT to deal with)...we just got rid of them a week or so ago and we'd updated everything like 2 weeks before that.

Ah, that latest one....heh I dun have that...I got 5.0 and I just update it through it updating thingy i do every month as Mata said...very nifty tongue.gif


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post Aug 24 2003, 10:57 PM
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I like Nortan Anti Virus. I got this virus once that they did not recognize and I sent it to them. It was a vius that discised itself as a empty folder. They asked me to send it to them so I did then they sent me a patch to deal with it incase I ever encoutered it again and I am guessing they put it in there updates. There are plenty of anti viruses out there and each one has its own problems, I think it is to each is own.


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post Aug 25 2003, 11:59 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 22 2003, 11:21 PM)
Nothing infects me because I'm not stupid enough to open the attachments but still... Everyone is on a list somewhere, all it takes is for a few stupid people and the whole world becomes infected.

I'll say it again:

Don't open attachments without knowing what they will do.

Don't run things without running a virus scan on them.

Not sure if anyone else has raised this point, as it's late and i'm not wading through it all right now,

BUT!

You don't HAVE to open an attachment to get infected. If you have the little preview pane in Outlook or Outlook Express turned on, as soon as the infected email is highlighted (yes, even when you right click, delete it) you get hit. Almost all email virii automatically execute themseleves if they can. So if norton doesn't recognise a virus, you may be in trouble.

A good example was one on my parents machine. It was embedded as a background sound, which saves itself as .exe and ran itself. Clever, but annoying.

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post Aug 26 2003, 02:04 AM
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I have an email adress just for spam, but I still get a lot of it at my regular adress, sometimes like 20 spam emails a day. But I don't have any anti virus programs, and I've never been infected by a virus. Guess I'm just lucky...

My dad's computer did get some kind of worm the other day though.
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post Aug 26 2003, 07:06 AM
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Yeah, Outlook is full of holes for hackers to exploit, as are most Micro$oft products in general. I use Phoenix Mail for my home addresses but for the most part I put everything through a hotmail account, that way I get to see attachments before they can execute.

It's times like this last week that I'm really glad I have the hotmail address. In the last ten hours I was sent seven viri, although because of the amount of viri being sent around today hotmail is stropping and hardly ever letting me look at my emails. Grrr.


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post Aug 26 2003, 08:10 AM
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I got the Lovsan (sp?) again last night mad.gif


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post Aug 26 2003, 08:55 AM
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I haven't got any virii and I'm pretty sure I'm in at least a few people's address books. Hmm... I'll keep an eye out though. I guess I've escaped them cos I change my E-mail address quite often.


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post Aug 26 2003, 10:23 AM
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Yep, that would help. Even for my home email accounts I don't use Outlook, I use Pheonix mail which doesn't automatically execute files.


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post Aug 26 2003, 11:11 AM
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Luckily my Outlook is broken or something so I've been using Opera for my paid E-mail. Either that or Thebat, both are pretty good. But I use mostly free addresses though cos my dad uses the paid one as well. Need my privacy smile.gif


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I've been pretty good about keeping the viruses at bay. However it's the EDITing spyware that killing me. For instance I can't remove this file clearsearch.dll so I get pop-ups ALL THE TIME. I got a pop-up stopper which works wonders, but if I turn it off for a second I instantly get 20 pop ups a minute.


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Try a program that deletes internet history, some of them delete popup programs as well.


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Ah well this is when Mac's come in handy. Most (if not all) of the viruses going round at present don't affect my machine.

I am whinge about iMac's not being software compatible and loosing out of quite a few funny emails but I don't get my computer dying on me! biggrin.gif

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