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Page created 8 June 2005, updated 13 June 2008.

VIRUS ALERT

During the last few days, all of the email accounts at xxxx.biz (domain name withheld) have been under attack. So I have contacted my web hosting company, and obtained more information about it.

EMAIL ATTACHMENTS

You must never trust an email attachment! For added security, make sure you have a good anti-virus, and anti-spyware program installed, just in case.

THE EMAIL

The email comes with one of the following subjects:

  • EMAIL ACCOUNT SUSPENSION

  • Account Alert

  • Important Notification

  • Notice: **Last Warning**

  • Your Account is Suspended For Security Reasons

The message will be one of the following:

  • We regret to inform you that your account has been suspended due to the violation of our site policy, more info is attached.

  • Please read the attached document and follow it's instructions.

  •  We regret to inform you that your account has been suspended due to the violation of our site policy, more info is attached.

  • We attached some important information regarding your account.

If you receive an email similar to any of the above, delete it, and ignore it.

MORE INFORMATION

I contacted my web hosting company, hoping to trace the person who is responsible. The emails are coming from Poland, but that computer has been infected by a virus, and is being used by a remote user. I also asked two relevant questions, and the result is shown below:

  • Is anybody doing anything about it? Sure, but these viruses spread worldwide, and You can't force everyone to take the necessary steps.

  • Does the attachment contain a virus? Yes.

FIRST UPDATE

I am still under attack from this email virus. The virus is being sent to every name that they can think of, for example, john@xxxx.biz, anna@xxxx.biz. They have also thought up some new subjects and messages, so my advice is, "Never open an attachment, unless you are absolutely sure that it is safe to do it"!

SECOND UPDATE

That particular web site has been deleted, and the domain name withheld, for legal reasons.

PROTECTION

The two following links will take you to a download page. The programs are free of charge, and I personally use them. They both work on Windows 98.