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more weird stuff: emails

  1. I am getting 2-3 weird emails per day since last week, always different address that I don't know with all kind of subject lines: Hi!; re: undeliverable mail; info etc. Most of those have attachment . I just deleted them without opening them even those without attachments. However I am curious, each time I want to open it to see what it is. I have a web- based email account. Usually I have to click on the attachment to download it and save . Can this stuff install itself without clicking on the attachment? Even on a email like Yahoo! or Hotmail?
     
  2. After some heavy damage you will no longer curious about any email.
     
  3. Isnt microsoft working on a way for people to open email without exposing the whole system to a virus? It should have been done ages ago.
     
  4. My computer is infected. How do I get rid of this beast?
     
  5. From Yahoo!


    Computers running any of the latest versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system e-mail program are at risk of being infected, although the worm doesn't exploit any flaws in Windows or software.


    Instead, MyDoom is designed to entice the recipient of an e-mail to open an attachment with an .exe, .scr, .zip or .pif extension.


    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040128/wr_nm/tech_worm_dc_25

    I guess that means you are safe with a web-based email account
     
  6. Thank you Intrinsic and Ebo for your help!
     
  7. The ideal situation is to stop unwanted crap from getting onto your machine in the first place. FWIW, here are my suggestions:

    1. Dump Outlook Express - many virii are written to exploit the OE address book. Use something like The Bat! (http://www.ritlabs.com/en/products/thebat/) or Eudora;

    2. Install some AV protection - AVG is good and free for home use (www.grisoft.com);

    3. Clean the other garbage from your system - SpyBot (http://security.kolla.de) is good, as is AdAware (www.lavasoftusa.com);

    4. Dump M$ Internet Explorer and get a more secure browser. Mozilla Firebird (excellent browser IMO - http://www.mozilla.org/products/firebird/), Opera (www.opera.com), K-Meleon (http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/) are all preferable to IE.

    5. Do not open anything without: (a) knowing who sent it and why; and (b) checking it with your AV package.

    It's a big rough internet out there, so take some precautions for your own safety :cool: .