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Have just received a message via the cabinet office warning me not to open any e-mail attachments titled "Invitation".
If opened an olympic torch appears which then proceeds to burn your hardrive.
The invitation will come via a known e-mail address.

BE WARNED Scared

How   Much?????????

    John,Bern and Brickettes
                  

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May-08-2006 @ 10:39 AM                           Permalink
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Hi John

Thanks for the warning....but it's a spoof email hoax.
No need to panic.

Here's the text from Sophos:

http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/hoaxes/olympic.html

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Ooops thought forwarned was forearmed.
Better phone my sister at the cabinet office. Blush

How   Much?????????

    John,Bern and Brickettes
                  

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May-08-2006 @ 10:59 AM                           Permalink
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Almost without fail, these kind of emails are either hoax chain letters or themselves contain viruses. The best approach is never to forward them, never do anything they suggest and never open any attachments. If you want to check them out, try  Break The Chain

Robin
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Yes, very good advice from Robin there..

Almost any eMail attachment can contain a Virus or a 'Trojan'.

Never open one that arrives via an unsolicited eMail, they often do contain something nasty. When you click to open them, you are telling your computer to 'run' them, which then lets them do whatever they are programmed to do, hence the 'Trojan Horse' term.

Sorry to pile it on, but you also need to be cautious of any from your friends and any other known contacts . Once a PC is infected with a virus, it can then read your eMail address book and automatically send itself out to your contacts in your name, hence the real need to make sure your PC has up-to date antivirus protection.

I have a large number of published eMail addresses on various domains, so I get around five viruses a day in the various mail server inboxes.

If you prefer to not even download this nasty rubbish to your PC (like me), you can use a product such as Mailwasher, which is a free download from http://www.mailwasher.net/ .

Using software like this (there are many others), you can quickly view the email on your server prior to downloading it to your PC inbox, and delete it there, if it looks dubious.

It's a shame that many non-technical PC users are discouraged from using the Web & eMail because of hackers and viruses, because it means that the b******* that do it have won, and denied decent people an invaluable resource.   Mad

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I spend a lot of my spare time helping out friends and family by cleaning their machines of viruses, spyware etc.

A lot of the rubbish accumulated is just by browsing the internet and unless you have decent software protecting you.....it's unavoidable.

I have 2 firewalls, 2 anti-virus packages and numerous spyware removers that I use once a week.....and even with all that....you still find rubbish. Unfortunately....it's the price you pay for being online.

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you're on the wrong side of the river.

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It's usually possible to tell if your machine has some kind of infection as it will respond slowly, perhaps take longer than usual to open and close programmes. The vast majority of viruses are designed to be annoying rather than downright destructive.

Remember that you can have the best anti spyware, anti spam and virus programmes out there but they are no good if you dont keep them updated and scan your machine regularly.

I have mine set to switch the pc on, update their patterns and deep scan my machine once a week on my pub night, the machine then hibernates until I log on and get the results.

Without fail there are spyware issues everyweek. Thankfully keeping the virus patterns up to date means I have not been hit with a virus since the old Blaster Worm a couple of years ago, which somehow symantec managed to miss, and in the progress lost a customer.

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Paul

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Kev,

Having two a/v's may be causing you problems. They tend to fight each other for control and therefore render each other useless, or nearly useless.

Best thing is 1 anti-virus and as many anti-spyware programs as you wish.

Anti-virus I find is best when you subscribe, I recommend Pandaand never have any problems. IMHO it is one of only two out there that I would trust on my systems.

Dont pay for anti-spyware, there are plenty of free ones out there, Microsoft Defender, ad-aware from Lavasoft, spybot S+D etc.

If you are invited to pay to remove a piece of spyware you have spyware in your system.

Gary

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Hi Gary.....sorry I should be clear....I use portions of two different av's....and you're right....using these two fully would interfere with each other.

I use NOD32 and AVG....but different bits of each and haven't had a virus in about 6 years.

Spyware is different....and we all pick some up every week. I use Spyware Doctor resident protection which blocks most at point of entry.....and I also scan with a few others weekly as each spyware program finds different stuff.

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you're on the wrong side of the river.

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Could it be that some AV software houses inflict strains to boost sales? something I have pondered on for years...  Tinhat



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