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Do you receive email with an attachment normally named document.pic?
Thread poster: laura federici
laura federici
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Jun 1, 2004

I receive several times per day an email with an attachment, document.pic. I know it is a virus and I remove it immediately. So my PC has not been infected. Could it find addresses from Proz database?

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gianfranco  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Worms propagation and email addresses spoofing Jun 1, 2004

laura federici wrote:
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Could it find addresses from Proz database?
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A common methods for malicious emails to spread is to scan the email addresses contained in an infected system and send messages to them. The addresses are picked up on the infected PCs and not from the ProZ.com database.

Note that some types of 'worms' (this is the correct name for this type of self-propagating messages) use a technique called 'spoofing', where they come from a system and appear to have been originated elsewhere.
The real origin is replaced with a false (picked randomly) origin, which could be anything, including a ProZ.com email address or any other address (whose owner is unaware and uninfected) that happen to appear in a message received by the infected system.

Gianfranco


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R Farhat  Identity Verified
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yes, plenty Jun 1, 2004

Hello,
I receive them everyday but not through Proz database.
The best and quick solution (if blocking the sender doesn't stop them) is to close the targeted email account and create a new one then update your email address accordingly. Although this sounds a non practical solution but so far I haven't found another better!
Cheers!


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laura federici
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thank you Jun 1, 2004

Thanks Gianfranco

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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
Latvia
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I would suggest using a reliable antivirus Jun 1, 2004

as daily change of email address might impair your business
And normal (shareware) antivirus will not allow you to execute the virus even if you'd wanted to

Uldis.
(I can recommend KAV 5.0, really cool, perfect interface (just 3 buttons, you can set more detailed properties/preferences, of course, but I found I need not) and it deals with viruses somewhere between LAN and mail program, I don't know where, but the main difference between version 4.5 and 5 is that viruses are destroyed before they reach the mailer).

U.

BTW, this is not an advertisement, it's just that we use KAV for 6 years now without single virus getting through.
Kalila wrote:

Hello,
I receive them everyday but not through Proz database.
The best and quick solution (if blocking the sender doesn't stop them) is to close the targeted email account and create a new one then update your email address accordingly. Although this sounds a non practical solution but so far I haven't found another better!
Cheers!



[Edited at 2004-06-01 21:47]


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