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    I just recieved this warning from my sister. If true, it's one to watchout for

    This was forwarded to me. I have looked it up on Google and it appears
    that it may be a genuine warning.BIG VIRUS COMING !!! PLEASE READ &
    FORWARD !!!



    http:// rem)www. rem)snopes.com/computer/virus/postcard.asp
    Hi All, I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this
    virus!
    I checked Snopes (URL above, and it is for real!!
    Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts ASAP.
    PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS!
    You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any message with
    an attachment entitled 'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,' regardless of who sent it
    to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the
    whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from
    someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. This is the
    reason why you need to send this e-mail to all your contacts It is better
    to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
    If you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by a
    friend, do not open it! Shut down your computer immediately.
    This is the worst virus announced by CNN. It has been classified by
    Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever This virus was discovered by
    McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This
    virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital
    information is kept.
    COPY THIS E-MAIL, AND SEND IT TO YOUR FRIENDS. REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO
    THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US

    I rarely open unsolicited mail Do You?
    Last edited by grumpydaddy; 30-07-2008 at 18:30. Reason: remove auto link
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    Hey dude this is just another stupid spam attempt people send these out to scare you, if you were to recieve this 'email' chances are it will not be able to do anything to your computer I've never heard of a picture image before being able to do anything from an email.

    'If this email does come and there is a image file attached' users will need a program that understands these images and knows how to read them alot of people worldwide wouldn't know the first thing about this image file. Programs like isobuster will be able to read it, tbh it seems like another spammer trying to scare people.

    Where it says 'If you receive this email shutdown computer immediatly' raises my eye-brow a little people who do not understand viruses or computers well; will shutdown and not dare to turn there computer back on.

    This is what the sender of this email intends to scare people. Just because CNN or Google have sources about this viruses means jack if it was to be a very bad virus the intended attacker will not send out a warning he will just do it. CNN and Google have alot of information sent to them all the time by millions of users most of it is bogus, just like the papers; they twist and manipulate the information recieved to make it more appealing.

    Most viruses are born because people learn how to make them and do it because they can. They do not profit from them, I've never know anyone to profit from it.

    I'm not going to click on that link because links in spammer emails are normally the associated virus they say stuff 'like an email will come in a few days saying blar blah blar click here to read about it' what people don't understand is it is JUST SPAM and people click this link to read about the virus unknowingly clicking on an infected link and the forementioned virus will be attached to it.

    Most email client know have virsus scanners built in same with most email servers its very hard to get something out like this and to be able to burn your HDD from an email would mean the email would be quite big as there will be alot of code involved to bypass AV's / Windows Encryption / make sure users have a image reader if not install one 'this will be important if the attacker intends to infect millions of users'

    When something like this comes to light and people start to get infected Microsoft jumps on the band wagon and introduces fixes and patches so if your fully patched you probably have nothing to worry about, this 'postcard attept' has been used for years to disguise viruses and malware the latest malware is Storm and is already patched by Microsoft.

    If you clicked on it grumpy get you and your sister to do a virus scan using your prefered AV then get malware bytes and very good trojan buster. Scan everything leave nothing untouched.

    Just delete the message you probably will not have anything further from them its just spam mate.

    Its not a 'BIG VIRUS' at all most of these viruses have been around for years and you probably haven't even heard of them hackers just peel apart the code and re-code it for there own gains and change it and use it as there own. This is called variations.

    EDIT: Just checked the virus and it is nothing to worry about, so long as you know what your looking for just tell people who get this to check the link before they click it. If you hover over the link before you click it you will probably see suttle changes in the link name from the one your hovering over at the bottom left of your email client or internet explorer. Most links are like 'http://www.postcard.com' when you hover over it will change to something like 'http://www.postcard.com/asd/fdfd/cgi-bin/sdasd/rere/virushere/install/useristhick' and this is an obvious link some are similar or only slight variations in the link name.

    General rule of thumb is to always check the link before you click on it / never click on advert links / never cick on a link by a user you do not know. Doing all these will ensure you stay safe.
    Last edited by reQuiem; 31-07-2008 at 07:46.

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    agreed,

    Forwarding emails and spreading hype only benefits the virus's creator as his intentions is to either draw attention to his creation or to cause as much disturbance as possible.
    Like reQuiem said its good to check the link before clicking it, I prefer to delete the thread and reply to the sender and educate them on how their working against their cause.

    The way I look at viruses is that if there truly is another epic one or even worm we'd all be infected before we even knew it and running an active scan anti-virus would be a waste of computer resources and provide as much security as an anti-boogieman ward.

    but I must say great follow up post reQuiem

    I wasn't gonna say anything but it appears you've squeezed a few words outta me

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    Thanks reQ.

    That was a well written summary. Good for prats like me who know so little about this stuff hence the PM. I thought you were up on this
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    I wouldn't trust or even open any spam emails about viruses...

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    I've got to say...even when I know who sent it I'm wary of any attachments and rarely open any. probably cos all this stuff is a black art to me and I wouldn't know where to start resolving these issues.

    So maybe one of you knowledgable guys could do us lesser mortals a favour and put up a guide to making sure we're running a "clean" machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post

    So maybe one of you knowledgable guys could do us lesser mortals a favour and put up a guide to making sure we're running a "clean" machine.
    what i do is partition my drives, keep windows on partition 1 and all the important information on partition 2, if i get a virus wipe partition 1, takea shower while its installing and run a nice new version of windows.....virus free
    What?

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    What i would do first is backup anything important and run ComboFix. Most of the time it will clean your computer without a problem, but there is a chance all will go to hell and thats why you backed up your files.

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    can anybody help me to remove the boot sector virus?Please let me know the procedure to do this.
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    Format thyself! haha. Stupid bot.

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    doesn't seem like a bot. just a very optimistic person

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frylock View Post
    I wouldn't trust or even open any spam emails about viruses...
    ok no problem we have antivirus for trogen viruses if you run this antivirus once in a week your system will never give you problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    I've got to say...even when I know who sent it I'm wary of any attachments and rarely open any. probably cos all this stuff is a black art to me and I wouldn't know where to start resolving these issues.

    So maybe one of you knowledgable guys could do us lesser mortals a favour and put up a guide to making sure we're running a "clean" machine.
    One of your best bets is creating an image of the drive, using Acronis True Image. It can be loaded back without hassle after a reformat, and all your stuff is exactly as before, no reinstalling.

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