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Despite the recent success of computer worms, such as Blaster, that have pounced on newly discovered vulnerabilities, a new threat that looks remarkably like a legitimate security e-mail from Microsoft is using a two-year-old vulnerability to infect thousands of computers. Known as "Swen" or "Gibe," the mass-mailing worm has hit thousands of Windows machines -- mostly home or small business users -- through e-mail, Internet Relay Chat and peer-to-peer networks.
In spite of using the Swen removal tool (5 times and once in safe mode!), I still have files becoming infected with this worm - in local settings/Application Data/Microsoft/server file/db/mail. Occasionally new files are generated there (I think they are temp files because I just delete them as I find them manually) and these are the ones that get infected with a compressed file inside of it. Then I quarantine, delete, etc., then delete the files that are left there after Norton certifies my computer as "clean".
In other words, the touted "removal tools" do not seem to work.
those of us living in nepal, and using the largest ISP named WLINK, get at least 3 of these a day. and since we are all on modem lines cause of some India-Chinese-USA conspiracy to keep highspeed lines out of Nepal, we are suffering not from the virus attached to the bogus emails, but the wasted download times of the rather large useless messages. the ISP refuses to screen these emails, even though it's most certianly in thier best interest to do so. and where is microsoft in all of this? why aren't they held responsible? it's thier logo on all those emails! cheers,
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As an Mac user invulnerable to the malicious executable, I still haven't been spared the worm-flame. I have been the recipient of over 250 Swen emails in the last 24 hours.
I have IE version 6.0 which is not supposed to be vulnerable to this--only 5.x. But, nevertheless, my mailbox is full of these things and my virus catcher is going crazy catching them.
Since every one is from somebody different, blocking the user is useless. I just tried using Outlook Express v.6 "message rules" to delete all messages that come in with that subject line. I hope it works; and that I don't automatically delete something from somebody I actually ought to read.
well message rules is a misnomer, as we live in a rule-less society, where people ignore the rules just as machines do. what's wrong with software manufactures anyway, can't they figure this out? no, because the more pcs people bust by hacking the more money everyone makes selling software and providing support. microsoft should be ashamed it's put something as worthless as message rules in outlook, it's not worth the time. and macafee is no better, with it's spam blocker that will do more harm to your machine then a virus ever will. <i wonder if any of my posts ever get through the censorship of this forum>.
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