security updates

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Bigfred, Sep 19, 2003.

  1. Bigfred

    Bigfred Guest

    I have just received an e mail via my hotmail account supposedly from
    Microsoft telling that there latest security update, correct me if am wrong
    but is this a scam as I thought Microsoft never e mail you about updates.
    You are suppose to update your self from there site.
    Bigfred, Sep 19, 2003
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  2. Bigfred

    gonads Guest

    they are viruses

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    "Bigfred" <> wrote in message
    news:kIyab.7907$...
    > I have just received an e mail via my hotmail account supposedly from
    > Microsoft telling that there latest security update, correct me if am

    wrong
    > but is this a scam as I thought Microsoft never e mail you about updates.
    > You are suppose to update your self from there site.
    >
    >
    gonads, Sep 19, 2003
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  3. Bigfred

    Stevo Guest

    Bigfred wrote:
    > I have just received an e mail via my hotmail account supposedly from
    > Microsoft telling that there latest security update, correct me if am
    > wrong but is this a scam as I thought Microsoft never e mail you
    > about updates. You are suppose to update your self from there site.


    Look, I can appreciate your concern with this, but you have obviously chosen
    to come to the newsgroup, wouldn't it be a good idea to have a look at some
    of the posts? There are already a lot of threads about this exact thing..

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    Stevo, Sep 19, 2003
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  4. Bigfred

    Bigfred Guest

    Thanks I,ve not opened them but deleted them.

    "gonads" <> wrote in message
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    > they are viruses
    >
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    > Download Spam Inspector, the Award Winning Anti-Spam Filter
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    >
    >
    > "Bigfred" <> wrote in message
    > news:kIyab.7907$...
    > > I have just received an e mail via my hotmail account supposedly from
    > > Microsoft telling that there latest security update, correct me if am

    > wrong
    > > but is this a scam as I thought Microsoft never e mail you about

    updates.
    > > You are suppose to update your self from there site.
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    Bigfred, Sep 19, 2003
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  5. Bigfred

    why? Guest

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    On Fri, 19 Sep 2003 09:07:37 +0100, Bigfred wrote:

    >Thanks I,ve not opened them but deleted them.


    If not sure also look at the AV vendor sites and
    www.microsoft.com/security/

    It's also been mentioned in oh so many posts over the last year.

    The policy page has been hidden a bit, it used to be on the front, from
    - http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/blast.asp
    Hoax circulating: Microsoft never distributes software through e-mail.
    If you receive an e-mail message that appears to be from Microsoft and
    that contains an attachment, delete the message immediately. Do not open
    the attachment. To learn more, click here.

    The click leads to a very long URL
    <http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/policy/swdist.asp?

    Microsoft never distributes software directly via e-mail.

    * We distribute software on physical media like CD ROMs and floppy
    disks.
    * We distribute upgrades via the Internet. When we do this, the
    software will be available via our web site, http://www.microsoft.com,
    or through http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/search.asp?.
    * We occasionally send e-mail to customers to inform them that
    upgrades are available. However, the e-mail will only provide links to
    the download sites -- we will never attach the software itself to the
    e-mail. The links will always lead to either our web site or our FTP
    site, never to a third-party site.
    * We always use Authenticode to digitally sign our products and
    allow you to ensure that they have not been tampered with.

    If you receive an e-mail that claims to contain software from Microsoft,
    do not run the attachment. The safest course of action is to delete the
    mail altogether. If you would like to take additional action, report the
    e-mail to the sender's Internet Service Provider. Most ISPs provide an
    "abuse" userid for this purpose.

    >"gonads" <> wrote in message
    >news:gLyab.63$...
    >> they are viruses
    >>

    <snip>
    >> "Bigfred" <> wrote in message
    >> news:kIyab.7907$...
    >> > I have just received an e mail via my hotmail account supposedly from
    >> > Microsoft telling that there latest security update, correct me if am

    >> wrong
    >> > but is this a scam as I thought Microsoft never e mail you about

    >updates.
    >> > You are suppose to update your self from there site.


    Me
    why?, Sep 19, 2003
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