Fake or authenic MS email security patches?

Discussion in 'Windows XP Security' started by marz, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. marz

    marz Guest

    I have received 4, 154k emails asking me to download .exe
    file upgrades from Microsoft. My virus scan indicated a
    virus named WormAutomat.AHB was contained in all 4. I am
    confused as to what to do. Should I ignore the virus
    alert and download? Should I download all 4 or just the
    latest one? Should I delete them? Need help fast. My
    computer seems to be slowing down.
     
    marz, Sep 24, 2003
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    Ph0eniX Guest

    Ph0eniX, Sep 24, 2003
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  3. marz

    satwaworld Guest

    FAKE, DELETE THEM.
    I've had a ton of them.
    Microsoft does not send attachments. They are fakes. Put
    a filter through you e-mail account, block the address,
    and empty your e-mails' bulk mail folder, and e-mail
    account trash folder often.
     
    satwaworld, Sep 24, 2003
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  4. Greetings --

    What you received is either a very common malicious hoax or the
    output of a computer infected by one of several wide-spread, mass
    emailing worms. The most widely-known are:

    W32.Swen.A_mm
    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/

    W32.Dumaru_mm
    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/

    W32.Gibe_mm
    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/

    Microsoft never has, does not currently, and never will email
    unsolicited security patches. At the most, if, and only if, you
    subscribe to their security notification newsletter, they will send
    you an email informing you that a new patch is available for
    downloading.

    Microsoft Policies on Software Distribution
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/?url=/technet/security/policy/swdist.asp

    Information on Bogus Microsoft Security Bulletin Emails
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/news/patch_hoax.asp

    Any and all legitimate patches and updates are readily available
    at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/. (Notice that this is the true
    URL, rather than the bogus one that may have been contained in the
    email you received.) Any messages that point to any other source(s) or
    claim to have the patch attached are bogus.

    You're receiving these emails because your email address is in
    the address book of someone infected with a worm, and/or because you
    posted your real email address somewhere on-line, either in a forum
    accessible to the public and spambots, such as Usenet, or on an
    untrustworthy web site that subsequently sold your address as part of
    a mailing list. One thing you can do is notify _everyone_ with whom
    you've ever corresponded via email that one or more of them may be
    infected with a mass emailing worm, and should take the appropriate
    steps.

    There's probably no way of blocking all of the bogus messages, but
    you can greatly reduce the number you get by creating a rule, based
    upon the most commonly used subject lines, to delete the emails from
    the server without ever downloading them.


    Bruce Chambers

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    having both at once. -- RAH
     
    Bruce Chambers, Sep 24, 2003
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  5. I've received unteen gillion automat.AHB attachments
    which Norton catches each and every time. Just keep
    letting your anti-virus program find those nasty files
    that that the anti-virus program will move to a
    quarantined storage area. You can delete the quarantined
    files from that folder later.
     
    Mike Reynolds, Sep 24, 2003
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    rp Guest

    Unbelievable
     
    rp, Sep 24, 2003
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  7. Greetings --

    Isn't it just, though?

    Bruce Chambers

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    You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on
    having both at once. -- RAH
     
    Bruce Chambers, Sep 25, 2003
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