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    Senior Member gore's Avatar
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    Updates for Windows through email

    Well, I went on Usenet for the second time ever, and helped someone with a Windows problem. I had to use my email address on yahoo to sign up for it on google, but I was ok with it. Today, the next day, I have about 8 emails in my bulk folder from "Microsoft Corporation", saying I need to use the "patches" these emails have attached, to fix a security voulnerability.

    Heres a Screen shot of the bulk mail folder in my account:

    I'll see you guys later, I have to install some patches for Windows


    I just remembered, not everyone here realises my sence of humor. If anyone gets these emails, delete them immedeatly. They contain a new virus going around called "Windows" and it will infect your PC, send data back home, and make your PC very unstable....

    It also seems to hog memory on even the fastest computers, and makes your computing experiance generally a very unhappy one.

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    rebmeM roineS enilnOitnA steve.milner's Avatar
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    So, if I read this right you've posted your yahoo email address on usenet, through google...

    If you don't want any more spam, I'd kiss that yahoo email address goodbye & get another.

    Do you have Pan with your SuSE distro, if not I'd reccommend using in future. You can set the email address to whatever you like and then add a human readable sig along the lines of:

    gore.removethis @

    IT, e-commerce, Retail, Programme & Project Management, EPoS, Supply Chain and Logistic Services. Yorkshire.

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    so what you are saying is if you download one of these attachments then windows will act like normal.
    [Shadow] have you ever noticed work is like a tree full of monkeys you look down and all you see is monkeys below you then you look up and all you see is a bunch of *******s above[/shadow]

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    then windows will act like normal.
    If you mean normal as in being stable, secured, and very fast, then a virus would remove the normality of it. Thus worsening it. It would seem my experience with windows varies from what most people complain about.

    Steve also has a good point. That email is as good as dead since it has been targeted already, so I suggest getting a new one for everyday use. With google also catching usenet, the yahoo account is just waiting for a few hundred spambots.

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    Senior Member gore's Avatar
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    Well, I was hoping someone would have a laugh about this, but oh well. The account should be ok, after some mods. For one, tracking spammers is fun. Also, yahoo is not my main account.

    I have around 12 accounts I use for things. I have two yahoo accounts, one for school and one for whatever, like this.

    And then I have 3 hotmail accounts, one for MSN and email from friends that are trusted, and another for untrusted people I have to sometimes contact. My ISP email....
    Only the people I trust the most have this account. Prodikal, The_Jinx, Phishphreek, Pwaring and a few others have this account.
    And then another ISP account for mailing lists I belong too.
    I have a **** load of these, and I know most of them by heart. I put the passwords into a phraze in my mind and that's how I remember all of it.

    Oh, and I have a few yahoo and hotmail accounts that I got when I first got the internet. They do nothing but recieve porn. Not the shitty spam kind where the girl has a penis, but the kind from back in the day when you actually could sign up and get free whack off material in your email without being spammed.....Ahh the good ol days.

    The above message was typed and set up in a manner that it is easy on the eyes, and easy to read. The human eyes read in a letter "Z" style, so the way I have this whole message typed, it should be easy for reading.
    That is why alot of ads you see in papers seem to have a Z shape to them. <---- Learned in my first semester of business classes.

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    AO Antique pwaring's Avatar
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    Originally posted here by gore
    Only the people I trust the most have this account. Prodikal, The_Jinx, Phishphreek, Pwaring and a few others have this account.
    *feels privileged to be on that exclusive list*

    BTW, I get those emails all the time, I think it's called the Swen virus (or something along those lines, I don't keep up to date with Windows viruses nowadays because I'm moving more and more over to Linux). I must admit that they are very well engineered, they really do appear to be from Microsoft if you've seen their website and aren't aware that MS don't send out attachments. The only thing that puzzles me is why the From: address is usually rather than Although it works fine for me, because I just delete anything from *@* now - let's hope that no-one from Morgan Stanley wants to email me.
    Paul Waring - Web site design and development.

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    gore - it was funny. I tried something similar before but <accidentally> gave a email of a local chump to the bot.

    You have even more email accounts than me.

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    Senior Member gore's Avatar
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    Received: from (EHLO ( by with SMTP; Wed, 14 Jan 2004 00:03:59 -0800
    Received: from ( []) by (Postfix) with ESMTP id 0180414BA9B; Wed, 14 Jan 2004 19:03:57 +1100 (EST)
    Received: from qicux ( []) by (Postfix) with SMTP id 9B1D8B3ED; Wed, 14 Jan 2004 19:03:22 +1100 (EST)
    From: "Microsoft" <> Add to Address Book
    To: "Commercial Customer" <>
    Subject: Current Net Security Patch
    Mime-Version: 1.0
    Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="vwkdncotsbkhynyv"
    Message-Id: <>
    Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 19:03:22 +1100 (EST)
    Content-Length: 80196

    This looks so authentic too lol. The mail says:

    Microsoft All Products | Support | Search | Guide
    Microsoft Home

    Microsoft Customer

    this is the latest version of security update, the "January 2004, Cumulative Patch" update which resolves all known security vulnerabilities affecting MS Internet Explorer, MS Outlook and MS Outlook Express. Install now to help protect your computer from these vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could allow an malicious user to run executable on your system. This update includes the functionality of all previously released patches.

    System requirements Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT/XP
    This update applies to MS Internet Explorer, version 4.01 and later
    MS Outlook, version 8.00 and later
    MS Outlook Express, version 4.01 and later
    Recommendation Customers should install the patch at the earliest opportunity.
    How to install Run attached file. Choose Yes on displayed dialog box.
    How to use You don't need to do anything after installing this item.

    Microsoft Product Support Services and Knowledge Base articles can be found on the Microsoft Technical Support web site. For security-related information about Microsoft products, please visit the Microsoft Security Advisor web site, or Contact Us.

    Thank you for using Microsoft products.

    Please do not reply to this message. It was sent from an unmonitored e-mail address and we are unable to respond to any replies.
    The names of the actual companies and products mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

    Contact Us | Legal | TRUSTe
    ©2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Statement | Accessibility


    .exe file

    You can tell it's a load of ****, I mean come on, since when does Microsoft release a security patch and say "You don't have to do anything"

    You know damn well they would ask you to reboot.



    Scan Results [Back to Message]
    File name: patch.exe
    File type: application/x-msdownload
    Scan result: Virus "W32.Swen.A@mm" found.
    You can not download this attachment.
    You have two options:
    1. Sign up for Yahoo! Mail Plus to get automatic cleaning of infected attachments. Learn more.
    (Note: Not all viruses can be cleaned.)
    2. Contact the message sender and request that they resend the attachment to you after cleaning it with anti-virus software.

    Yahoo scanned the attachment and said that. I'm so shocked!

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    1. Sign up for Yahoo! Mail Plus to get automatic cleaning of infected attachments. Learn more.
    lol, that's my favorite part. "Pay us and we will stop the virus!"

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