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  • Virus Alert ...

    I'm sure all you savvy A5 users out there keep your virus definitions updated and your anti-virus software set to automatically scan your e-mail before you open it ...

    In any event, keep an eye out for an e-mail from a vaguely familiar name (someone who frequents this board periodically) with just a
    in the subject line.

    This e-mail has an e-mail virus/worm (W32.BadTrans.b) attached and you should delete the message and attachment.

    I won't mention the person's name since I'm sure they had no intention of deliberately sending the message. It's also possible that the name was simply purloined from another Outlook e-mail directory and plonked into the "From" line of the message. Either way it looks like it could go around the Alpha community.


  • #2
    RE: Virus Alert ...

    At least one other Alpha user has received this one. Apparently you don't have to open the attachement for the worm to do its damage, so be sure to set your AV software to quarantine e-mail attachments.



    • #3
      RE: Virus Alert ...

      make that 2

      I got it also



      • #4
        RE: Virus Alert ...


        I've gotten 3 so far from different A5 users, however, all of them have no attachments. I'm confused as to why the attachments are not there (I use Netscape e-mail), but happy about it.


        Ira J. Perlow
        Computer Systems Design

        CSDA A5 Products
        New - Free CSDA DiagInfo - v1.39, 30 Apr 2013
        CSDA Barcode Functions

        CSDA Code Utility
        CSDA Screen Capture


        • #5
          RE: Virus Alert ...

          I couldn't see the attachments - I use Netscape too - but Norton said they were there, but quarantined. Maybe they don't show because the thing is designed to sneak through the IE security flaw that allows the worm to execute without the attachment being opened. I was not aware until today that this could happen.

          I've receive 2 additional e-mails since the first post.



          • #6
            RE: Virus Alert ...


            Thanks for the heads up!



            • #7
              RE: Virus Alert ...

              You can now get it just by going to an infected site - check out McAfee article on it



              • #8
                RE: Virus Alert ...

                Ah! The joys of AOL. You can make fun of AOL all you want but at least it doesn't download any attachments unless I want it to.


                • #9
                  RE: Virus Alert ...

                  Finian -
                  Thanks for the heads up. My switch for email scanning was off. I reset it, checked my email and there was W32.BadTrans.b on a new item from the same vaguely familiar alpha fellow.
                  - John O
                  John Oesterle
                  ToolBytes, LLC


                  • #10
                    RE: Virus Alert ...

                    Sadly, the person sending the virus probably doesnt even know it. Th virus has the ability to send itself.



                    • #11
                      RE: Virus Alert ...

                      BTW: What is the target of this virus ?


                      • #12
                        RE: Virus Alert ...

                        This one is really stinky. There's a nice explanation at
              [email protected]).


                        • #13
                          RE: Virus Alert ...

                          Norton AV 2002 scans incoming mail and outgoing mail for viruses. If the sender had this there would be no discussion.



                          • #14
                            RE: Virus Alert ...

                            You guys make it sound like you know who "the sender" is... Can you email them directly if you are too polite to name them publicly?

                            I worry is it me - but I have Norton AV 2001 updated and running, and I use Compuserve, not Outlook (the main reason I DON'T use Outlook is it such a target for viral abuse) Bizarre - I went for years with NO protection, have had an always on DSL line for a couple years now, put Norton AV on about two months ago and it found the SirCam virus which was maybe a week on my machine... Otherwise I was clean (Norton clean, that is), it caused ME no problem, and I have never HAD a problem, knock on wood.


                            • #15
                              RE: Virus Alert ...

                              It's different people. I had the worm for five minutes today and have no idea how many copies I sent out. People who received copies from me say this is the tenth or 20th this week and no others were from Alphapholk.