Another virus!

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  1. Artemis

    Artemis Just Punked Himself

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    A new virus is out...heres the email from zone alarm


    " ZoneAlarm® Antivirus will protect you against the BlackWorm (MyWife.d) scheduled to attack on Feb. 3, 2006

    Severity: High Risk

    BlackWorm is a new and potentially destructive Internet worm currently making its way around the globe. It is infecting users via e-mail and is scheduled to destroy all Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, PSD and ZIP files on Feb. 3.

    If you upgrade to ZoneAlarm Antivirus before Feb. 3, it will detect and remove existing BlackWorm infections and prevent future infections."

    They say they can fix it...but I think AVG free can cure it too...lets hope eh?
     
  2. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Ha! Sounds to me more like Zonealarm is trying to sell software. A SCHEDULED virus???? I'll stick with my free software, thank you.
     
  3. Harpua

    Harpua TPF Noob!

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    AVG has yet to let me down. No thanks Zone Alarm, I won't be paying you any money.
     
  4. PlasticSpanner

    PlasticSpanner TPF Noob!

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    Looking at the "Fear/Panic" aspect I'd say it's a sales pitch too!

    Nearly everybody has Office documents of some kind they would need tp protect and the "deadline" of 3rd Feb is deliberately short to limit your time investigating the claim and to look for alternatives other than Zone Alarm!

    Having said that there are "scheduled" viruses out there that will activate on set dates but following normal and good security practices like avoiding opening unsolicited e-mails and refusing attatchments unless pre-arranged, there shouldn't be much to worry about!
     
  5. Artemis

    Artemis Just Punked Himself

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    Thats fair play, but I think my bro actually got the virus, and a laptop ive been given to whipe I think has it...dunno though..

    however AVG free fixed both, so I think youll be safe with avg free :)
     
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    jwkwd TPF Noob!

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    Gee, maybe I can get even more windows updates. Hello Mac, here I come.
     
  7. captblue1

    captblue1 TPF Noob!

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    the update wouldn't come by windows update. you need to make sure your antivirus software is up to date. the virus is real. i believe all antivirus software will have an update for it by the 3rd. Most that i know of already have it out. here is some info on the virus

    http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/nyxem_e.shtml
     
  8. mygrain

    mygrain Friend to nose goblins everywhere

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    Indeed... the IT guys on campus have been freaking over it for a few days.
     
  9. GerryDavid

    GerryDavid No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Ive actually made money with my McAfee anti virus, hehe. You pretty much only buy it once, then every 13 months or so they have rebates so you can get the software free. You just have to put up with a month of it complaining that its out of date and have to pay to get the updates again.

    Hehe, just updated my avg and running a scan. The McAfee is on the other pc, the one that wont boot.
     
  10. Soul Rebel

    Soul Rebel TPF Noob!

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    I havent run an AV program since I got my laptop. My opinion is that if you are careful what sites you go, programs you download, and dont open any email that looks questionable then you should be fine. The problem with email arises with programs that automatically open the email and give you a preview. Since I moved to webmail I feel pretty confident.

    I also have little memory on my laptop so that plays a small part in it. If I had an AV running though I would likely go with ClamWin again. Takes up very few resources, its free, and it does just as good of a job as any of the other AV's.
     
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    captblue1 TPF Noob!

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    what about webcrawlers that just go looking for computers to comprimise. not running AV is like keeping the windows down and doors unlocked in your car. Don't do it. there are many ways for virus's to get on your computer besides email. any web site could be hacked and ready to give out virus's and trojan horse's. also virus's could attach to an email that a freind sends to you. you would open it because it is from a friend. Nyxem.E spreads that way. called mass mailers.
     
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    PlasticSpanner TPF Noob!

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    That's what firewalls are for! :lol:
     

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