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Is this some sort of virus?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by buns, Jan 5, 2003.

  1. buns

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    I have just got an unusual email...... Its from ealsa_onrapfnaleade@hsefed6fntc.k and titled 'A funny game'. I have no idea who or what that address is! I open it up and im the only recipient from that sender, no attachments. The text is 4 lines of arial i think and says

    'Hi,This is a special funny game
    This game is my first work.
    You're the first player.
    I wish you would enjoy it.'

    Thats it, nothing more! The thing that makes me wonder is that the size of this 4 line email is 125k..... emails that length are normally much less than 1k.

    any ideas!?

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  2. njiri

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    Yup,
    Almost certainly a virus.
     
  3. Desticado

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    Do you not run an AV program with auto email scanning such as Nortons 2002/3?
     
  4. ytgti

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    If i get crap like that i usually send them one back or just delete it without hesitation.
     
  5. buns

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    No AV stuff running..... not my pc and frankly id like this thing wiped out so that i can get shot of other users assorted rubbish!

    What would be the point of sending this to someone if it wasnt a virus? Someone would have to be extremely bored!

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    It is potentially a virus. I've had a few of these. It's just that your email program can't read the attachment or it hasn't been attached correctly (eg MIME) so it doesn't show up.

    If you're running anti-virus software that's regularly updated, it'll be cool bro :cool:

    A sure fire way to ensure you get many more.

    If you got 100 of those a day @ 125 KB each, I'm sure it would (a) **** you off and (b) take you over your maximum inbox allowance if you didn't delete enough of them regularly ;)
     
  7. m@rk

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    Or even if you are running the current version, Outlook itself has blocked the attachment (at last MS has included this).
     
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    Yeah that's a point.

    Don't know about Buns' email, but the ones I've had haven't been blocked as they've not even showed up as attachments (as you know, Outlook usually shows the attachment as dimmed out when it blocks it).

    Outlook Express blocks attachments as well now. And that includes some picture format files - why oh why oh why :rolleyes:

    I predict that the next releases of Outlook and Outlook Express will turn off your internet connection altogether :rolleyes: :D
     
  9. m@rk

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    Well M$ have come under so much stick over the years for the problems with Outlook and OE being to easy too attack, they have gone from one extreme to another.

    Don't know about OE but in Outlook XP/2002, you can edit which files outlook blocks.
     
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    I use Outlook 2000 and OE 6 and you can't in either of those.

    I leave it turned off anyway and let my firewall do the work instead 'cause it's such a hassle otherwise. Without attachments, I may as well telnet in and fire up Pine or something.
     
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    Oh yes you can :D

    See HERE
     
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    Ah nice of them to let you do it via the registry in SP3 :rolleyes: I'm still leaving it turned off :D

    Doesn't look like you can do this for OE 6 tho, unless I missed something?

    That's a nice site, have added it to my bookmarks - cheers :)
     
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    Crikey, now that takes me back....
     
  14. buns

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    None of this outlook lark for me! Just plain hotmail! :D

    it couldnt be abything of consequence....... i used this machine 3 hours following it arriving and now im using it again (oddly enough) and nothing seems to be out of order.

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    Google came up with this

    so if it has loaded the virus onto your system your next point of call is here.
     
  16. buns

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    Ah! Well there is no attachment, so i guess im ok..... but ill just make sure! :D Thanks!

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