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Gary G. Taylor
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      08-20-2003
les.watson wrote:

> I am receiving a large volume of emails which contain only the text,
> PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED FILE FOR DETAILS, There is no file attached, is
> this a virus. I have run AVG its says no virus present.
>
>

If there is no attached file, it's either a driveby virus/malware install
which deleted itself after it did the damage, or your ISP filtered it out.
I'm betting on the latter. But that's no reason not to take maximal steps
to protect yourself, as outlined by other posters.
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      08-21-2003
Kraftee wrote:

> Blinky the Shark wrote:


>> les.watson wrote:


>>> I am receiving a large volume of emails which contain only the
>>> text, PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED FILE FOR DETAILS, There is no file
>>> attached, is this a virus. I have run AVG its says no virus
>>> present.


>> If there's no file attached (there is), how can it be a virus?


> Could be a HTML email, with only text & a hidden payload. One of the
> reasons why some experts recomend the closing of the preview pane in
> OE


Could be, but see "only the text", above. I've received them, and
they're plaintext.

With a .pif attachment.

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      08-21-2003
Gary G. Taylor wrote:

> les.watson wrote:


>> I am receiving a large volume of emails which contain only the text,
>> PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED FILE FOR DETAILS, There is no file attached, is
>> this a virus. I have run AVG its says no virus present.


> If there is no attached file, it's either a driveby virus/malware install
> which deleted itself after it did the damage, or your ISP filtered it out.
> I'm betting on the latter. But that's no reason not to take maximal steps
> to protect yourself, as outlined by other posters.


One way he could test to see if the ISP was stripping them would be to
send himself a .pif attachment.

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