I recently had to have XP reinstalled after being infected by a worm. The shop I...?

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I recently had to have XP reinstalled after being infected by a worm. The shop I went to copied my old hard drive contents into a file labeled "old files." I have found and transferred my old Outlook Express address book to the "new" one, but I cannot find or retrieve any old emails. I've tried searching with the file extension .wab, but nothing comes up. How can I find my old emails and email folders? Thanks.

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This question was answered on September 12, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

There were few early signs of network congestion following the deadline for part two of an internet attack by the MSBlast worm.

The rate at which the virulent worm is spreading may be slowing but many infected machines were set to launch a co-ordinated attack early on 16 August.

These attacks were expected to fling data at the Microsoft website that helps Windows users patch their machines against viruses and other bugs.

However, a flaw in the worm may have enabled Microsoft to fend off its worst effects.

The worm instructed computers to call up http://windowsupdate.com - which is an incorrect address for reaching the actual Microsoft Web site that houses the software patch that protects against the worm.

Although Microsoft has long redirected those who visited that incorrect address to the real site, the company disabled the automatic redirection Thursday in preparation for the onslaught of infected computers.

The company said it was also taking other measures to keep its site up and running.

The US Department of Homeland Security said it had not noticed any second phase problems from the worm yet, but urged home users and small and mid-sized businesses to download the patch.

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Posted by Shamsul of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 12, 2004