"Microsoft" spam

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by geopelia, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. geopelia

    geopelia Guest

    I've got spam going straight into a folder
    provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real messages.

    For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this "microsoft" spam
    in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    Has anyone else noticed this?
     
    geopelia, Dec 12, 2003
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  2. geopelia

    °Mike° Guest

    I've never had any. What are you complaining about?


    On Sat, 13 Dec 2003 09:56:42 +1300, in
    <aYpCb.27353$>
    geopelia scrawled:

    >I've got spam going straight into a folder
    >provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real messages.
    >
    >For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this "microsoft" spam
    >in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    >Has anyone else noticed this?
    >


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  3. geopelia

    Abbyss Guest

    Do u miss a'm?
    Abbyss

    "geopelia" <> wrote in message
    news:aYpCb.27353$...
    > I've got spam going straight into a folder
    > provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real messages.
    >
    > For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this "microsoft"

    spam
    > in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    > Has anyone else noticed this?
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >



    ---
    Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
    Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com).
    Version: 6.0.550 / Virus Database: 342 - Release Date: 09.12.2003
     
    Abbyss, Dec 12, 2003
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  4. geopelia

    SlowwHand Guest

    You need to address this problem. If you run a virus check on the
    attachment, you'll see it's infected.
    Microsoft won't email you updates..


    "geopelia" <> wrote in message
    news:aYpCb.27353$...
    > I've got spam going straight into a folder
    > provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real messages.
    >
    > For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this "microsoft"

    spam
    > in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    > Has anyone else noticed this?
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
    SlowwHand, Dec 12, 2003
    #4
  5. geopelia

    Boomer Guest

    "geopelia" <> wrote in
    news:aYpCb.27353$:

    > I've got spam going straight into a folder
    > provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real
    > messages.
    >
    > For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this
    > "microsoft" spam in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    > Has anyone else noticed this?


    Never saw any.
     
    Boomer, Dec 12, 2003
    #5
  6. geopelia

    geopelia Guest

    "Boomer" <> wrote in message
    news:3fda4bdf$0$31369$...
    > "geopelia" <> wrote in
    > news:aYpCb.27353$:
    >
    > > I've got spam going straight into a folder
    > > provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real
    > > messages.
    > >
    > > For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this
    > > "microsoft" spam in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    > > Has anyone else noticed this?

    >
    > Never saw any.


    Thanks to all. I used to get dozens of messages pretending to be from
    Microsoft, containing attachments which were viruses, so I knew not to open
    them. Usually something about a patch, or undeliverable mail. It's been
    going on for months. The virus or worm is SWEN or GIBE. I just deleted them.

    They have suddenly stopped coming, so I wondered if something has finally
    been done, I hear America has passed a law against spam.

    All the Viagra stuff is still arriving, but my ISP removes it to a spam
    folder. If it gets into my Inbox I forward it to my ISP as "spamreport."

    (Now if I had a slot somewhere on the computer for free samples.........)
    Geopelia
     
    geopelia, Dec 13, 2003
    #6
  7. geopelia

    Boomer Guest

    "geopelia" <> wrote in
    news:p8uCb.27560$:

    >
    > "Boomer" <> wrote in message
    > news:3fda4bdf$0$31369$...
    >> "geopelia" <> wrote in
    >> news:aYpCb.27353$:
    >>
    >> > I've got spam going straight into a folder
    >> > provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real
    >> > messages.
    >> >
    >> > For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this
    >> > "microsoft" spam in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    >> > Has anyone else noticed this?

    >>
    >> Never saw any.

    >
    > Thanks to all. I used to get dozens of messages pretending to be
    > from Microsoft, containing attachments which were viruses, so I
    > knew not to open them. Usually something about a patch, or
    > undeliverable mail. It's been going on for months. The virus or
    > worm is SWEN or GIBE. I just deleted them.
    >
    > They have suddenly stopped coming, so I wondered if something has
    > finally been done, I hear America has passed a law against spam.
    >
    > All the Viagra stuff is still arriving, but my ISP removes it to a
    > spam folder. If it gets into my Inbox I forward it to my ISP as
    > "spamreport."
    >
    > (Now if I had a slot somewhere on the computer for free
    > samples.........) Geopelia


    lol
     
    Boomer, Dec 13, 2003
    #7
  8. geopelia

    Po Guest

    What did you use to find the SWEN or GIBE virus on your computer?

    How did you then delete them?

    I still get lots of these messages and they do have viruses in them.


    "geopelia" <> wrote in message
    news:p8uCb.27560$...
    >
    > "Boomer" <> wrote in message
    > news:3fda4bdf$0$31369$...
    > > "geopelia" <> wrote in
    > > news:aYpCb.27353$:
    > >
    > > > I've got spam going straight into a folder
    > > > provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real
    > > > messages.
    > > >
    > > > For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this
    > > > "microsoft" spam in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    > > > Has anyone else noticed this?

    > >
    > > Never saw any.

    >
    > Thanks to all. I used to get dozens of messages pretending to be from
    > Microsoft, containing attachments which were viruses, so I knew not to

    open
    > them. Usually something about a patch, or undeliverable mail. It's been
    > going on for months. The virus or worm is SWEN or GIBE. I just deleted

    them.
    >
    > They have suddenly stopped coming, so I wondered if something has finally
    > been done, I hear America has passed a law against spam.
    >
    > All the Viagra stuff is still arriving, but my ISP removes it to a spam
    > folder. If it gets into my Inbox I forward it to my ISP as "spamreport."
    >
    > (Now if I had a slot somewhere on the computer for free samples.........)
    > Geopelia
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
    Po, Dec 13, 2003
    #8
  9. geopelia

    °Mike° Guest

    Install Magic Mail Monitor (free).
    http://mmm3.sourceforge.net/
    http://www.geeba.org/magic/

    Copy/paste the following into notepad and save it as swen.txt
    in the Magic Mail Monitor folder...

    ***** <--- Begin text file - OMIT THIS LINE
    <iframe src="cid
    <iframe src=3Dcid
    <iframe src=3D"cid
    TITLE=3D"Microsoft Home Site" target=3D"_top">Microsoft</A>
    this is the latest version of security update
    ***** <--- End text file - OMIT THIS LINE

    In File / Filters, create a new filter:

    Name: Swen
    Mailbox: *
    <Header> Includes '$Swen.txt'

    Actions:
    Check 'Delete from server'.


    On Sat, 13 Dec 2003 04:29:05 GMT, in
    <lAwCb.481$>
    Po scrawled:

    >What did you use to find the SWEN or GIBE virus on your computer?
    >
    >How did you then delete them?
    >
    >I still get lots of these messages and they do have viruses in them.
    >
    >
    >"geopelia" <> wrote in message
    >news:p8uCb.27560$...
    >>
    >> "Boomer" <> wrote in message
    >> news:3fda4bdf$0$31369$...
    >> > "geopelia" <> wrote in
    >> > news:aYpCb.27353$:
    >> >
    >> > > I've got spam going straight into a folder
    >> > > provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real
    >> > > messages.
    >> > >
    >> > > For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this
    >> > > "microsoft" spam in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    >> > > Has anyone else noticed this?
    >> >
    >> > Never saw any.

    >>
    >> Thanks to all. I used to get dozens of messages pretending to be from
    >> Microsoft, containing attachments which were viruses, so I knew not to

    >open
    >> them. Usually something about a patch, or undeliverable mail. It's been
    >> going on for months. The virus or worm is SWEN or GIBE. I just deleted

    >them.
    >>
    >> They have suddenly stopped coming, so I wondered if something has finally
    >> been done, I hear America has passed a law against spam.
    >>
    >> All the Viagra stuff is still arriving, but my ISP removes it to a spam
    >> folder. If it gets into my Inbox I forward it to my ISP as "spamreport."
    >>
    >> (Now if I had a slot somewhere on the computer for free samples.........)
    >> Geopelia
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >


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    °Mike°, Dec 13, 2003
    #9
  10. geopelia wrote:

    > I hear America has passed a law against spam.


    Also known as the "I CAN SPAM" law. Utterly useless. It goes into effect
    January 1, which is Saturday; Monday the third will be snooze/recovery day.
    Expect a deluge of crap on Tuesday the 4th.
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    gary at donavan dot org / http:// geetee dot donavan dot org
    "The two most abundant things in the universe
    are hydrogen and stupidity." --Harlan Ellison
     
    Gary G. Taylor, Dec 13, 2003
    #10
  11. geopelia

    Plato Guest

    geopelia wrote:
    >
    > I've got spam going straight into a folder
    > provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real messages.
    >
    > For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this "microsoft" spam
    > in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    > Has anyone else noticed this?


    MS does NOT send spam.


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    Plato, Dec 16, 2003
    #11
  12. Plato wrote:

    > geopelia wrote:
    >>
    >> I've got spam going straight into a folder
    >> provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real messages.
    >>
    >> For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this "microsoft"
    >> spam in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    >> Has anyone else noticed this?

    >
    > MS does NOT send spam.
    >
    >


    I've been getting this as well, and only after I started replying here.
     
    Robert Vangel, Dec 16, 2003
    #12
  13. geopelia

    Mara Guest

    On Tue, 16 Dec 2003 19:21:14 +0800, Robert Vangel wrote:

    >Plato wrote:
    >
    >> geopelia wrote:
    >>>
    >>> I've got spam going straight into a folder
    >>> provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real messages.
    >>>
    >>> For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this "microsoft"
    >>> spam in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    >>> Has anyone else noticed this?

    >>
    >> MS does NOT send spam.
    >>
    >>

    >
    >I've been getting this as well, and only after I started replying here.


    That's because you're posting with an unmunged address.

    http://www.faqs.org/faqs/net-abuse-faq/munging-address/

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    Mara, Dec 16, 2003
    #13
  14. geopelia

    geopelia Guest

    "Robert Vangel" <> wrote in message
    news:3fdeeaa9$0$1743$...
    > Plato wrote:
    >
    > > geopelia wrote:
    > >>
    > >> I've got spam going straight into a folder
    > >> provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real messages.
    > >>
    > >> For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this "microsoft"
    > >> spam in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    > >> Has anyone else noticed this?

    > >
    > > MS does NOT send spam.
    > >
    > >

    >
    > I've been getting this as well, and only after I started replying here.


    I don't know who was sending the stuff, but they pretended to be from
    Microsoft, and it looked genuine, about a patch. Many people were getting
    it, dozens of messages each day. It went on for weeks, but suddenly stopped.
    Here in New Zealand my ISP now stops the lot, so I expect whoever was doing
    it gave up when they realised it wasn't getting through to anyone.
     
    geopelia, Dec 16, 2003
    #14
  15. geopelia

    Brian H¹© Guest

    geopelia said:

    > "Robert Vangel" <> wrote in message
    > news:3fdeeaa9$0$1743$...
    >> Plato wrote:
    >>
    >>> geopelia wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> I've got spam going straight into a folder
    >>>> provided by my ISP. I can check it in case of mistaken real messages.
    >>>>
    >>>> For the last couple of days, there hasn't been any of this "microsoft"
    >>>> spam in it. I used to get a hundred or so each day.
    >>>> Has anyone else noticed this?
    >>>
    >>> MS does NOT send spam.
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >> I've been getting this as well, and only after I started replying here.

    >
    > I don't know who was sending the stuff, but they pretended to be from


    That would explian why you said 'this "microsoft" spam' as opposed to
    "Microsofts spam" ;-)

    > Microsoft, and it looked genuine, about a patch. Many people were getting
    > it, dozens of messages each day. It went on for weeks, but suddenly stopped.
    > Here in New Zealand my ISP now stops the lot, so I expect whoever was doing
    > it gave up when they realised it wasn't getting through to anyone.
     
    Brian H¹©, Dec 16, 2003
    #15
  16. geopelia

    rifleman Guest

    In article <q8CDb.30979$>,
    says...
    |I don't know who was sending the stuff, but they pretended to be from
    |Microsoft, and it looked genuine, about a patch. Many people were getting
    |it, dozens of messages each day. It went on for weeks, but suddenly stopped.
    |Here in New Zealand my ISP now stops the lot, so I expect whoever was doing
    |it gave up when they realised it wasn't getting through to anyone.
    |
    |
    |

    No-one "stopped because they weren't getting through" - the messages
    were a result of the senders machine being infected with a virus. the
    sender didn't even know these messages were being sent. They stop, when
    the sender realises their machine is infected and cleans it!
     
    rifleman, Dec 16, 2003
    #16
  17. geopelia

    geopelia Guest

    "rifleman" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > In article <q8CDb.30979$>,
    > says...
    > |I don't know who was sending the stuff, but they pretended to be from
    > |Microsoft, and it looked genuine, about a patch. Many people were

    getting
    > |it, dozens of messages each day. It went on for weeks, but suddenly

    stopped.
    > |Here in New Zealand my ISP now stops the lot, so I expect whoever was

    doing
    > |it gave up when they realised it wasn't getting through to anyone.
    > |
    > |
    > |
    >
    > No-one "stopped because they weren't getting through" - the messages
    > were a result of the senders machine being infected with a virus. the
    > sender didn't even know these messages were being sent. They stop, when
    > the sender realises their machine is infected and cleans it!


    I did a virus check, no viruses my end, and I keep PC-cillin up to date,
    but still got the messages. I haven't done anything to clean mine, maybe
    PC-cillin does it from their end. Or my ISP does it. If someone was sending
    a virus to me, maybe their machines finally got cleaned?
    Isn't Swen a worm?
    There ought to be classes about these things, there only seem to be ones to
    teach WORD etc.
     
    geopelia, Dec 16, 2003
    #17
  18. geopelia

    Mara Guest

    On Wed, 17 Dec 2003 10:56:29 +1300, geopelia wrote:

    >
    >"rifleman" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> In article <q8CDb.30979$>,
    >> says...
    >> |I don't know who was sending the stuff, but they pretended to be from
    >> |Microsoft, and it looked genuine, about a patch. Many people were

    >getting
    >> |it, dozens of messages each day. It went on for weeks, but suddenly

    >stopped.
    >> |Here in New Zealand my ISP now stops the lot, so I expect whoever was

    >doing
    >> |it gave up when they realised it wasn't getting through to anyone.
    >> |
    >> |
    >> |
    >>
    >> No-one "stopped because they weren't getting through" - the messages
    >> were a result of the senders machine being infected with a virus. the
    >> sender didn't even know these messages were being sent. They stop, when
    >> the sender realises their machine is infected and cleans it!

    >
    >I did a virus check, no viruses my end, and I keep PC-cillin up to date,
    >but still got the messages. I haven't done anything to clean mine, maybe
    >PC-cillin does it from their end. Or my ISP does it. If someone was sending
    >a virus to me, maybe their machines finally got cleaned?


    Someone who had your address was infected. That is why you received them. It
    does not mean that you were ever infected yourself.

    >Isn't Swen a worm?


    Yes, it is. It has its own SMTP engine. It spreads by extracting addresses from
    ..mbx and .dbx files, among other sources on a hard drive, and along with Kazaa
    shared folders and IRC channels, and also attempts to spread through NNTP.

    >There ought to be classes about these things, there only seem to be ones to
    >teach WORD etc.


    http://computer.howstuffworks.com/virus.htm

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    Mara, Dec 16, 2003
    #18
  19. geopelia

    geopelia Guest

    "Mara" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Wed, 17 Dec 2003 10:56:29 +1300, geopelia wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >"rifleman" <> wrote in message
    > >news:...
    > >> In article <q8CDb.30979$>,
    > >> says...
    > >> |I don't know who was sending the stuff, but they pretended to be from
    > >> |Microsoft, and it looked genuine, about a patch. Many people were

    > >getting
    > >> |it, dozens of messages each day. It went on for weeks, but suddenly

    > >stopped.
    > >> |Here in New Zealand my ISP now stops the lot, so I expect whoever was

    > >doing
    > >> |it gave up when they realised it wasn't getting through to anyone.
    > >> |
    > >> |
    > >> |
    > >>
    > >> No-one "stopped because they weren't getting through" - the messages
    > >> were a result of the senders machine being infected with a virus. the
    > >> sender didn't even know these messages were being sent. They stop, when
    > >> the sender realises their machine is infected and cleans it!

    > >
    > >I did a virus check, no viruses my end, and I keep PC-cillin up to

    date,
    > >but still got the messages. I haven't done anything to clean mine, maybe
    > >PC-cillin does it from their end. Or my ISP does it. If someone was

    sending
    > >a virus to me, maybe their machines finally got cleaned?

    >
    > Someone who had your address was infected. That is why you received them.

    It
    > does not mean that you were ever infected yourself.
    >
    > >Isn't Swen a worm?

    >
    > Yes, it is. It has its own SMTP engine. It spreads by extracting addresses

    from
    > .mbx and .dbx files, among other sources on a hard drive, and along with

    Kazaa
    > shared folders and IRC channels, and also attempts to spread through NNTP.
    >
    > >There ought to be classes about these things, there only seem to be ones

    to
    > >teach WORD etc.

    >
    > http://computer.howstuffworks.com/virus.htm
    >
    > --
    > <AB> No reaming is too great or too small for Abuse Central.


    Thanks, that looks a great website, I've got it saved.

    That explains why the emails suddenly stopped coming.
    I'm getting French and Italian emails about viruses their programs have
    stopped, very nice of them.
    (At least I know not to open any French email that says "18 ans" !)

    For reasons best known to themselves, my ISP people are sending any emode
    emails to the spam folder. Not to worry, I can get them out.

    Geopelia
     
    geopelia, Dec 17, 2003
    #19
  20. geopelia

    Mara Guest

    On Wed, 17 Dec 2003 14:05:31 +1300, geopelia wrote:

    >
    >"Mara" <> wrote in message
    >news:...


    <snip>
    >> http://computer.howstuffworks.com/virus.htm
    >>
    >> --
    >> <AB> No reaming is too great or too small for Abuse Central.

    >
    >Thanks, that looks a great website, I've got it saved.


    You're welcome.

    >That explains why the emails suddenly stopped coming.
    >I'm getting French and Italian emails about viruses their programs have
    >stopped, very nice of them.
    >(At least I know not to open any French email that says "18 ans" !)


    My host runs SpamAssassin, so I don't see this cruft. I see connection attempts
    from infected machines to my router getting trashed, but that's all. In any
    case, the major rule of thumb, especially when running Outhouse Express, is turn
    the Preview Pane off and _never_ open an attachment unless you _know_ where and
    who it's from.

    "And then, scan it first."

    >For reasons best known to themselves, my ISP people are sending any emode
    >emails to the spam folder. Not to worry, I can get them out.
    >
    >Geopelia
    >


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    fossilized remnants, they're going to come to one inescapable
    conclusion)
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    Mara, Dec 17, 2003
    #20
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