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Central processing unit viruses, worms, and hoaxes - confidence


In contemporary days, I was one of the awkward people to catch the "Mydoom" worm emails. Not just one, but at least forty appeared in my popserver mailbox. As frustrating as it was deleting all of these nasty diminutive boogers, I realized that some of these "worm" emails even came from people I knew - or so I attention I knew.

The catch with the "Mydoom" email worm is that it expressly targets email addresses with the subsequent extensions:

  • . htm
  • . sht
  • . php
  • . asp
  • . dbx
  • . tbb
  • . adb
  • . pl
  • . wab
  • . txt
Furthermore, it sends "get" wishes to aim domains and uses absolute contacts to port 80. It will also endeavor to send email communication using its own SMTP engine. The worm is doing well by using a mail head waiter that a recipient uses or local ma?tre d' as well. Some strings to these aim at realm names are:
  • gate.
  • ns.
  • relay.
  • mail1.
  • mxs.
  • smtp.
  • mail.
  • mx.

The "Mydoom" worm will have area under discussion headings such as:

  • "Returned Mail"
  • "Delivery Error"
  • "Status"
  • "Server Report"
  • "Mail Transaction Failed"
  • "Mail Administration System"
  • "Hello/hello"
  • "Hi/hi"

What people need to accomplish is that even if you "know" the sender, you must make categorically sure that any attachments are expressly clarified from the sender already you endeavor to open these be wary of emails. Most worms and viruses are broaden absolutely all the way through attachments. But for you are having a baby an attachment from a anyone you know, be cautious. Do NOT open attachments if not you are agreed assured that your known correspondent has essentially sent it to you. A further thing to bear in mind is that the "Mydoom" worm ranges from 6,144 bytes to 29,184 bytes in size and can assume Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Ma?tre d' 2003, and Windows XP. Luckily, if you have DOS, Linux, Macintosh, OS/2 or UNIX, your systems will not be precious by the MyDoom worm.

For those of you who share files all through Kazaa, there is a new worm with aliases such as Worm. P2P. Apsiv (Kaspersky) and W32/Apsiv. worm!p2p (McAfee) and seemingly affects Windows systems 2000, 95, 98, Me, NT, Ma?tre d' 2003 and Windows XP. The destruction profile has not yet been assessed, but it would be a good idea to steer clear of this one as well.

"Keylogger. Stawin" is almost certainly one of the nastiest viruses as it attempts to steal a user's online banking information. A Trojan is dispersed all the way through email letters with the area under discussion line, "I still love you," and has a "message. zip" attachment. Heartwarming the same vunerable systems as mentioned above, Keylogger proceedings keystrokes and has the aptitude to steal personal, monetary information. A few systems that Keylogger monitors are dialogue box titles such as "PayPal," "Logon," and frequent other casement titles coupled with banking logins.

Common Hoaxes

A admired hoax circulating the Internet is an email titled, "FREE M &M's. " Sorry guys - no M & M's here. More recently, you may have customary the "Life is Beautiful" virus . . . er, hoax. The "Life is Beautiful" virus is not real and be supposed to be ignored. This is only a scare tactic that causes superfluous fears and concerns.

In closing, the Internet is a colossal electronical world full with extreme bits of information. When using your "key" to this magnificent but vast display of versatile knowledge, it pays to use logic when distinguishing hoaxes from real threats such as viruses and worms.

  • To learn more about existing viruses and worms, visit: http://search. symantec. com/custom/us/query. html
  • For an efficient citation of existing email hoaxes, go to: http://securityresponse. symantec. com/avcenter/hoax. html

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Computer Viruses, Worms and Hoaxes
by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

About the Author: C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot is the Community Relations Executive & Journalist for Holistic Junction -- Your font of in sequence for Holistic Practitioners; Naturopathic Schools, Massage Therapy Schools, and Reflexology Schools; Complementary Healthcare; Intuitive Copy and so much more!

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