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New Virus Warning - tech people please comment!

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   I am not and have never professed to be a techie, but the following really caught my attention. I do work online and this scares the heck out of me.

  According to word on the internet, a new virus which will be spread via email with the words "POSTCARD" or "INVITATION" in the title.  According to what I read, this virus potentially will burn your C drive.

  I went to snopes.com and it is discussed there as a real virus.  Most importantly, the email will be from someone you know enhancing the odds that you will open it. 

  If anyone has further info, please comment.  My understanding is that this virus has just been detected and there is no cure yet. 

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Comments

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justxploringComment by justxploring - February 22, 2008, 2:53 pm
I'm probably less of a techie than you, Jake.   Are you saying these words appear in the subject line? If so, I just won't open any emails with those words. Thanks for your warning. Do you know what OS it affects?
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justxploringComment by justxploring - February 22, 2008, 3:01 pm
Jake, I just went to Snopes and read about it. I get these emails all the time. The virus has been around for months. Some of them are just hoaxes and scams. I don't have any idea how to tell the difference except to look at the email address of the sender. Again, thanks for the warning. I always delete these and add them to my spam list. Maybe it's a good thing nobody likes me. LOL
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ThatScaryChickComment by ThatScaryChick - February 22, 2008, 3:08 pm
Thanks for the heads up Jake.
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konaneComment by konane - February 22, 2008, 3:16 pm
This site has a virus encyclopedia you can look them up. http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/virusencyclo/default.asp

They also have a FREE virus scan and cleaning called "House Call" if you care to use them. Legit company been around a long time, I've used their virus software for years.
http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/
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JakeComment by Jake - February 22, 2008, 4:55 pm
Thanks to all == I try not to be an alarmist and, like everyone else, I get spammed and junked, etc., etc. I can safely say I open pretty much nothing not readily recognizable, but anything that latches onto our personal address lists just ups the ante of something slipping through.   I personally find it hard to keep up with all the constant warnings and new scams constantly on the wire. I'm also fortunate in that no one else touches my computer.
Konane, thanks too for the House Call info. I run Clean Up followed by Spybot and have at the very least McAfee running as I'm required by work.   Never hurts to have reputable ones on hand if needed.    J
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JADELotteryComment by JADELottery - February 22, 2008, 5:39 pm
Thanks for the info. I hope my Norton AV is up to par with this one.
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emilygComment by emilyg - February 22, 2008, 7:36 pm
Thanks for heads-up.

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