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Tami Kramer , IT/DIS
Many users seem confused as to what to do when they receive a suspicious e-mail message. Here are some basic guidelines:
"Wobbler/California", "WIN A HOLIDAY", "Budweiser", "Join the Crew", etc...
If you receive an e-mail message of this type and you are really
concerned, a simple Web search for the keywords
Trojan" will normally verify that it is a hoax. Therefore,
do not forward it to all of your friends or to the Computing Helpdesk. The
virus pattern files on NICE are kept up-to-date and we are informed
of new viruses as discovered by our Anti-virus vendor.
The Web site:
can be searched for a description of particular viruses and what they do. It also has a section describing hoax viruses.
Save File to Disk, then right click on the icon of the saved file and choose the option
Scan for Viruses. This will scan the attachment only. You can consider it safe to open only if the virus scanning product finds no virus/trojan horse inside.
With the new viruses being written for Windows today, opening an attachment without checking it first could result in destroying all data that you have access to (i.e. your hard disk and attached network disks such as your HOME server directory).
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