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New Virus Alert - Bugbear

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com 1 October 2002

A new virus has been discovered that is now making its rounds, and could potentially, have devastating effects if your system is not adequately protected.

The virus, W.32.Bugbear@mm, comes with many 'genuine' subject lines in the emails it sends out, subject lines which are so genuine looking, that you would probably open them without any second thought.

Plus it needs to be understood, that the email address that it seems to come from, does not mean that that address is infected, nor does it mean that email address was in fact the original sender. So there is absolutely no point (corporations who have their antivirus system set to automatically respond to sender please take note) in replying or sending a message to the supposed sender informing him/her of the virus that came with the email.

The reason the virus can do this, is once it has infected a computer it can then use its own SMTP email system to send out emails to anyone on that persons computer and make it look like it is from anyone whose email address is also on that computer.

Please go to the world leaders in antivirus software Symantec to learn more.

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