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    Senior Member mafunk's Avatar
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    "MyDoom" Virus - Are you infected?

    What are you guys doing to protect yourself from the MyDoom Virus?

    I though about disconnecting my computer from the internet on Sunday? Do you think that would make a difference if everyone did that?

    Also I scanned my system for viruses and it said that I didn't have any. (I NEVER open attachments that I'm not expecting). However, I received an email from a very pissed off woman who said that I sent her a virus - I didn't know this woman and never emailed her anything. So, am I infected or not?

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    Senior Member Riat_Sila's Avatar
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    I'm not going to run the virus, enough said. Can't remember the syptoms tbh though.

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    As long as your virus definitions are up to date you should have no problems with the virus. The woman who has received the infected email from your address has most likely been sent it from somebody else who has you in their contacts list - that's the way these types of virus work.

    As always, just don't open any suspicious attachments.

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    Sunday has nothing to do with the virus attacking your PC, just the DOS attack against SCO, which given enough lead time like they have, they shouldn't have a problem.
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    Senior Member mafunk's Avatar
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    thanks - i feel better informed now

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    For virus checking in general, I always check my email via my web-login interface before downloading. THat way I can go through and delete emails that I do not recognize the sender *plus* the subject line does not make any sense. If I get an email from a semi-legit name, but the subject line just says "hey" or "hi" then I guess that it's a spammer and quickly delete it. That way not even the body of the email is opened.
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    Senior Member mixu's Avatar
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    hoho, I got my first dose of MyDoom sent to my private mailbox... lovely. I'm not running AV software thought, it's just a waste of resources as I do not have a habit of running 22kb pif files that are called "document.pif" and are upx-packed with a nice text pad icon. (nor do I use Outlook for my emails/web browsing) Never had a single virus - except in my \vx\ folder.

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    Senior Member blackbird's Avatar
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    MyDoom has been making desparate attempts to get into my computer. I had no idea what its er, envelope was in emails, but I did notice a flush of emails (that I deleted before opening a single one) with the subject of "test". Most of the addresses were from harvard.edu, which I can figure out how it got my email (as I have a friend who works there). But I figured that no one else from Harvard would be emailing me and definitely not for any sort of test.
    http://www.pearlsgirl.com

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    Senior Member mossoi's Avatar
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    mixu - it might be an idea to get some virus software. Not all viruses come through an email client and you could be infected without knowing it. If that's the case you could be propogating a virus unwittingly.

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    Senior Member mixu's Avatar
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    For most users, yes - for me, no. I am quite paranoid when it comes to running items on my computer. There are four main sources of virii for me:

    1. email: Mozilla + common sense keeps me safe
    2. file sharing: only non-executable data
    3. office documents: macros are disabled
    4. downloads: I get my stuff from the original source of the data

    This doesn't mean I would be invulnerable, but it means I'm pretty safe - most virii would have a hard time anyway with me messing around with everything running just to get more performance and less file accesses.


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