Another Virus.

I have gotten several E-mail messages a day alleging to be from Yahoo support and they all say "Your account has been suspended. Please respond by opening the attached Zip file. "

The Zip file contains a virus which Norton cannot handle. Luckily AVG can.

/ubernerd mode on

Someone you know, or have e-mailed, or they e-mailed you, is infected. With friends like that…in my case it’s usually my sister who likes to click more than she likes to think.

Never open attachments from unsolicited e-mails no matter how threatening they look. Especially not zip files - since a lot of e-mail programs block .exe files the virus writers have switched to using zip files. To defeat AV programs they password protect it and put the password in the e-mail so you can open it.

Another tidbit is to never click on a link in a suspicious e-mail because they often send you to a web site that will exploit vulnerabilities in your browser to dump malicious programs on your PC.

Whenever someone at work gets infected from an e-mail like yours I always hear one thing: “Ya know, I thought something looked wrong.” If it looks wrong then just delete it and spare yourself some misery.

Update your antivirus one a week. Update your operating system every month at minimum. Windows, Linux, OS X, doesn’t matter because they all have vulnerabilities.

/ubergeek mode off

Gotta go. Some poor lady in Nigeria is having troubles getting her money out of a bank and she needs my help. I’m going to be rich!

I wondered why Yahoo would send
a Zip file.Thanks for the education.

General Rule of Thumb
for me is if I don’t regonize who sent the email it gets deleted. My work email gets something like 30 a day junk emails. I finally told my co-worker that I’d buy that Viagra from him if he’d just stop sending me those emails! :wink: I agree with the other post about running virus scans, is a good one. Need IE to run it though, Firefox won’t support it. I run updates bi-wkly cause I use my laptop for both home and work and work is in 7 different schools so ya never know what’s lurking on that particular network. So far so good.


How do you know
Norton can’t handle it?

Our “official” company virus killer
is Norton,and it sent me a message that it had found the virus but could not kill it. My LAN admin keeps the free version of AVG around for these problems. We run it on several pieces of equipment that get exposed to the internet.

Question for you, String
What is AVG? “Anti-Virus G?”

AVG is a very good anti-virus program and its free. You can find it at

I use AVG and Symantec on both my computers. Had Macafee but it did not like to play with Symantec.

Keep the open side up :~)

What FP said.

Word of Caution
Some of the newer viruses have the ability to “spoof” the From: address and send virus laden e-mails that appear to be from someone you know, even if this person is not infected. This type of virus collects e-mail addresses from infected PCs (I think the jargon is “harvesting”)and keeps then for future use. This “feature” makes it near impossible to trace the source.

There’s an older generation of virus that automatically sends out virus infected e-mail from infected PCs that can also cause you to receive an infected e-mail from someone you know who has a virus and doesn’t know it.

I tell my users to check the appropriateness of the content as well as the sender. For example, if your boss sends you an e-mail with subject “Hello There” and the body text says to check out the photos from last night’s party, and this makes no sense to you, delete it, or check with your boss.

Lou - IT Manager

Get rid of Symantec…
…and you’ll probably notice a big improvement in your system performance. It’s outdated “bloatware” that hogs system resources and causes more problems than it solves. It’s almost like installing a virus in order to kill viruses. Ridiculous.

Like you, I’m a big fan of AVG and it’s all I use these days. It works well, updates quickly and almost daily, and it has never failed me. You can’t beat the price, especially compared to the extorsion of Symantec and McAfee.