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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Jan 16, 2003

Hi all,

I\'ve just intercepted two worms posing as Microsoft patches (MSO-Patch-0035.exe and Two-Up-Secretly.exe). It would be well to keep abreast of news about them:



[ This Message was edited by:on2003-01-16 23:47]


Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Worms/dialers posing as Windows system messages Jan 16, 2003

The latest craze hitting the desktop are pop-up windows which look almost identical to internal Windows alerts. And of course, these \"warnings\" tell of a security gap that\'s been discovered (the version where \"Jenny\" asks you to come back to the chat room is a somewhat more obvious one...).

Depending on the variation, what\'s hiding behind these messages is either a slew of websites (mostly of er, adult content - bad, but no damage), a dialer (can be costly) or a virus/worm. The only thing to do is to close these buggers, using the \'x\' in the upper right-hand corner; don\'t use the \'OK\' button.

What gives these warnings away is usually the TLD in the indicated domain - the most recent one I had showed an alleged Microsoft site ending with .ag - ever heard of Microsoft Tech Support in Antigua? icon_smile.gif


Uwe Kirmse  Identity Verified
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upper right x Jan 17, 2003

I\'ve already had such \"alerts\" without any \"x\". In this case you can guess, if it\'s better to click \"yes\" or \"no\" - perhaps both will start the download of the dialer or the virus. Your safety options shouldn\'t allow any automatic download, so you should always be able do cancel it. If you aren\'t sure, what to do, first disconnect the internet, and then do whatever you want, eg. close all browser windows by \"Ctrl+Alt+Del\".

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Silvina Beatriz Codina  Identity Verified
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Member (2002)
English to Spanish
Thanks! Jan 17, 2003

Haven\'t got any of these yet, but I\'ll be on the lookout for them.

It would be nice if these people used all that ingenuity for something positive... icon_frown.gif


Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Can they be blocked Jan 24, 2003

by software such as ZoneAlarm Pro that can block pop-ups or will they show up on Norton AntiVirus? I have ZoneAlarm Pro set to block pop-ups, but they show up at times anyway.


Guenther Danzer  Identity Verified
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If there is no upper right 'x'.. Jan 29, 2003

an easy way to close this window (even when it fills your whole screen) is:

1. make it the aktive window using ctrl + tab

2. when it the active one press alt + F4

and it\' gone.

You don\'t need ctrl+alt+del or the reset button.


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