Delete any email from Microsoft
W32.Swen spreading very fast
by justin 02:04PM Friday Sep 19 2003
The W32.Swen virus which purports to be an email from microsoft, has taken off like a rocket just in the last 48 hours. It seems that huge publicity over previous email worms has not yet taught windows users to NEVER run an attachment (unless you requested one, from a completely trusted source), and not to use an email client that defaults to showing pretty HTML, instead of plain text messages. Security forum topic
and some of the many news articles
Interestingly, the virus also hits one of those web 'unique visitor' type counters, (see this post
) and as of early morning the counter was at 615k hits.
it looks like the easiest REMOVAL tool is here bitdefender Swen page
. (download and run removal tool from the link at the bottom of the page after the long description of what the virus does).
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sporkmedrop the crantini and move it, sisterPremium,MVMReviews:
|reply to LC8290 |
said by LC8290:I beg to differ. I don't use MS, and the mail programs I do use make it very very difficult for me to launch an attachment that is an executable. So even if I were a blithering idiot, I'd have to *work* to infect my machine.
Exactly. IMO no education in even the basic of computer operation is why viruses & worms are spread.
Note that this and past viruses fool Outlook by setting the mime-type to something harmless, ie "Audio/Wav". The file is still an .exe, but apparently the mime type fools OE into thinking it's "harmless".
Not to be too mean, but you'd certainly think a multi-billion dollar software company could create a mail program that flat-out refused to run executable files. Attachments aren't an inherent security risk; there's no problem opening jpg's or gif's. When, in daily use, have you *needed* to open an .exe attachment?
My unix mail clients won't touch that (even if it was, say a shell script, or an executable for my platform), nor will Mac OS-X. Just sensible design, which is something MS can't grasp. Making excuses that popularity is what drives this is silly. The problem is MS refuses to make a secure MUA. Virus authors understand this and exploit it.
just a minute
actions · 2003-Sep-19 4:04 pm · (locked)
|reply to Eatmeingreek |
Re: The joys of Microsoft products.
I'm assuming your entire post was meant to be sarcastic. The only reason that nobody writes viruses for Linux is because most STUPID PEOPLE don't use Linux and therefore would never run some non-descript looking attachment without thinking twice.
actions · 2003-Sep-19 3:52 pm · (locked)
Oh Microsoft, ye of amazing security, bless us for this, our daily virus. Forever amen.
"War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength"
actions · 2003-Sep-19 2:08 pm · (locked)