Don't get fooled by the Christmas worm - [email protected]

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Virus Alert! Don't get fooled by the Christmas worm -

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This question was answered on December 20, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Another in a series of Mass Mailing e-mail worms that exploits Microsoft's Outlook family of e-mail programs has been discovered.

This one poses as a New Years greeting and has a Christmas.exe attachment.

Watch for these signatures:

Subject: Happy New Year

Message:

Hii

I can't describe my feelings

But all i can say is

Happy New Year :)

bye

(Notice the two "ii" in Hi)

Attachment: Christmas.exe (size of attachment:37K)

If you have been updating your anti-virus program as well as installing all of the recent Outlook and Internet Explorer patches, you should be able to avoid being infected.

No matter what you have done, if you open the attachment, it will attack your system and potentially render it useless, so DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT!

Get the latest info from <a href="http://vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k=99285&" target="_blank"><font color="#003399">Mcafee</font></a> and <a href="http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/venc/data/[email protected]" target="_blank"><font color="#003399">Norton's SARC</font></a>.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on December 20, 2001