Virus Hoaxes Part 2

Another week spent seemingly doing nothing but clearing viruses off the machines of others; in such a day and age everybody reading this article should have a virus checker and those of you that don’t should certainly download one now.

One thing that Windows is still missing which it really needs is a good quality internal virus checker that comes packaged with the Operating System but whether they would be allowed to or whether it would be considered to be anti-competitive is yet to be seen.Personally I would like to see a virus checker built in to every new version of Windows that is update whenever you visit the Windows Update site but also one that could also be disabled in case you wanted to use a third party manufacturer such as Symantec who make Norton Anti-Virus.I can’t think of a single thing that Microsoft could do that would be more fundamental in improving the next version of Windows.

Anyway, with so many viruses floating around it is easy to get caught up in the panic and worry about every virus related e-mail but it is also a time to remain vigilant as a regular reader Tina Stockman will testify when she received the following e-mail:

Dear All

I’m sorry about this; but I received this E-mail from a client regarding a virus that was inadvertently passed on to everyone in their address book. I followed the instructions and YES, IT WAS ON MY COMPUTER. Since you are in my address book, I am sending this on to you as a precaution. NORTON 2002 DID NOT DETECT IT!

Here are the instructions on how to check for this virus and delete it if you have it too. It only took a few minutes, following these instructions. Be sure to notify all in your address book too (which will take longer than deleting the virus from your computer).

Since you are in our address book, there is a good chance you will find it in your computer too unless you have an Apple or MAC. The virus (called jdbgmgr.exe) is not detected by Norton or McAfee anti-virus systems. The virus sits quietly for 14 days before damaging the system. It is sent automatically by messenger and by the address book, whether or not you sent Emails to your contacts. Here’s how to check for the virus and how to get rid of it:

<The virus gives instructions on how to delete said file here>

Am very sorry about this nuisance. This age of technology is not that great sometimes; we are victims!

Now there is a reason why Norton or McAfee didn’t pick up this file as being a virus and that’s because it wasn’t; a friend of Tina had fallen for this hoax earlier on, deleted a Windows system file and then forwarded on to everybody in his address book thinking that he was doing them a favour.To save yourself from doing the same further down the line, never listen to an e-mail that gives you instructions on how to remove a virus manually – If an e-mail does contain a warning then the most it should ask you to do is either update your anti-virus software or perform a Windows Update.Never delete any files based on an e-mail (even if it is from someone you know) and never open attachments claiming to remove a particular virus and if ever in doubt, check out www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html as this contains a fairly complete list of current hoaxes.

If you keep your anti-virus software up to date, perform a Windows update every couple of weeks and read Click to keep apprised of current threats and you should have nothing more to worry about; I used to believe that worrying about things like this was a little over the top but in recent weeks it has been especially important.For those of you who haven’t done so already, get hold of a copy of the fantastic free AVG virus scanner by heading to www.grisoft.com.

 

About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who supply a wide range of printer cartridges at the UK’s lowest prices.

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