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- 805-517-1900) our webmaster, just forwarded to me this email he
received. Recently we began receiving emails telling us we were sending
emails with viruses attached. We never have of course, and almost all of
the emails came from people not on our email list. However if you read
the email below you will see that there is every chance that one of our
members or supporters got infected with this worm and it may use our address
as the sender.
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Worms, And Hoaxes...!"
By Terry Dean
I rarely talk about subjects outside of marketing, but this one has become so
vital that it must be mentioned as a warning.
Over the past week a few customers have emailed me telling me they received a
virus coming from my email address of [email protected]
Well, I should
actually say it was more than a few. I've received over 20 messages like this
in the past week.
This terrified me of course. So I made sure my anti-virus software
updated...and then did multiple full PC checks on my system for viruses.
So I started a search to find out what in the world was going on. How could I
be transferring viruses without even having one myself?
The answer came. I wasn't. The viruses these people had received didn't
come from me at all. It appears the virus in question has a special capability
which has only been used to a small degree before.
This virus, in case you didn't know, is called the Klez.H virus. If you want
to get technical, it's actually called a "worm" because of the way
it spreads from system to system. If your system gets infected, it sends
e-mail messages with randomly named attachments and subject fields to everyone
in your address book and ICQ database. What makes this one more
dangerous is it uses a randomly chosen email address in the from section. It
searches the infected computer inside of Outlook Express for email addresses
So if an infected computer has YOUR email address inside of the Outlook
Express mailbox, the next time it mails out it could appear to look like it's
coming from you. So you could get emails from people saying you sent
them a virus, even if you don't have one on your system.
You could also receive the virus as an attachment on an email with ANYONE in
the from address. It could appear to be from your best friend, your family,
your tech support guy, or even me.
Personally, I'm receiving around a dozen emails a day with the virus attached.
Norton Anti-Virus deletes them on their way in, but they sure are annoying.
Here are just a few of the subject lines I've seen come in with the virus on
Worm Klez.E Immunity
W32.Elkern removal tools
A very funny website
1996 Microsoft Corporation
Editor of PC Magazine.
the Garden of Eden
Japanese lass' sexy pictures
look, my beautiful girl friend
The body of the emails even sometimes look like friendly messages... with the
"Immunity" ones warning you about the virus and claiming to be
software to protect you from it. Instead, they infect you.
By the way, quick tip, most people sign their real emails with their name at
their bottom. I always do. So any email that appears to be from me without
having Terry at the bottom of it is a fake.
Some of the news media has been reporting up to 7% of computers worldwide are
currently infected with this virus...which is causing it to spread like crazy.
If you haven't done so recently, now would be a good time to make sure your
Anti-Virus software is up to date...and to do a full system scan.
If you detect this virus, then Symantex has a removal tool available at their
Not Only is
this Virus Raging, but there is a Common Virus Hoax Now Appearing...
I've received quite a few messages letting me know I could be infected with a
JDBGMGR.EXE virus. They always appear to be friendly messages and are ones
which have been forwarded on to me.
They say you may already be infected or I've detected your system is infected.
The email then goes on to say none of the anti-virus software programs can
detect it, so you could have received it without ever knowing.
The email tells you to search for a file by the name of JDBGMGR.EXE...and most
likely you'll find it. You'll find it because it's a Java debugger program
running in Explorer. If you listen to the email and delete this so-called
virus, then you could potentially have problems with Java on web sites you
If you've deleted it because of one of these messages, then simply upgrade to
the newest version of Internet Explorer. Your problem is solved.
During the past month we've dealt with hackers, thieves (stealing products and
selling them), viruses, and so on. The Internet is a dangerous place.
If someone tells you you'll never have a problem or everything is just a bed
of roses, they're obviously lying or smoking something.
Internet business is just better and more profitable than every other
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