FW: Virus Alert -- Outlook Express Update

Douglas H. Jones dhjones at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Mon Jan 14 22:42:43 EST 2002


Message
-----Original Message-----
From: helpdesk [mailto:helpdesk at rbs.rutgers.edu]
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 10:36 PM
To: everyone at rbs.rutgers.edu
Subject: Virus Alert -- Outlook Express Update


There is a new virus spreading that poses as an Outlook Express update or as
MSN software and has the following attachment:
mmsn_offline.htm

If you receive this email, please delete it immediately.  This virus will
attempt to delete all of your files after the system is rebooted.  In fact
in many instances viruses do their real damage when the system is rebooted.
If you would like more information on this virus please see the following
link:

http://www.zdnet.com/products/stories/reviews/0,4161,2838334,00.html

If you have any questions, or concerns please contact RBS Computing Services
at X1821 in Newark, or via email at helpdesk at business.rutgers.edu .

Thank you


Virus Detection and Prevention Tips From McAfee
  1.. Do not open any files attached to an email from an unknown, suspicious
or untrustworthy source.

  2.. Do not open any files attached to an email unless you know what it is,
even if it appears to come from a dear friend or someone you know. Some
viruses can replicate themselves and spread through email. Better be safe
than sorry and confirm that they really sent it.

  3.. Do not open any files attached to an email if the subject line is
questionable or unexpected. If the need to do so is there always save the
file to your hard drive before doing so.

  4.. Delete chain emails and junk email. Do not forward or reply to any to
them. These types of email are considered spam, which is unsolicited,
intrusive mail that clogs up the network.

  5.. Do not download any files from strangers.

  6.. Exercise caution when downloading files from the Internet. Ensure that
the source is a legitimate and reputable one. Verify that an anti-virus
program checks the files on the download site. If you're uncertain, don't
download the file at all or download the file to a floppy and test it with
your own anti-virus software.

  7.. Update your anti-virus software regularly. Over 500 viruses are
discovered each month, so you'll want to be protected. These updates should
be at the least the products virus signature files. You may also need to
update the product's scanning engine as well.

  8.. Back up your files on a regular basis. If a virus destroys your files,
at least you can replace them with your back-up copy. You should store your
backup copy in a separate location from your work files, one that is
preferably not on your computer.

  9.. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution and do not open,
download, or execute any files or email attachments. Not executing is the
more important of these caveats. Check with your product vendors for updates
which include those for your operating system web browser, and email. One
example is the security site section of Microsoft located at
http://www.microsoft.com/security.

  10.. If you are in doubt about any potential virus related situation you
find yourself in, please contact *RBS Computing Services.


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