Re: birding-aus Virus Alert : VBS.Freelink

Subject: Re: birding-aus Virus Alert : VBS.Freelink
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 10:39:09 +1100
> Colin Clarke wrote:
> G'Day Y'all :
> Last week, I got the Turkey Xmas Spam; today I got the VBS.Freelink
> virus from the birding-aus link.
> In my haste to delete it without opening or reading, I neglected to
> check the Properties of the (anonymous) sender.  Not that it would
> have helped much.

It didn't.  :)  Even if the delivery headers were available, there is
a possibility that the sender had installed the virus unknowingly
from another message, and had birding-aus in their address book -
the "virus" (more correctly a trojan horse/email worm) sends a copy
of itself to everyone in the victim's Outlook address book.
> In case anyone is not familiar with the virus, under my sign off below
> is the cut and paste from the Microsoft site.  I didn't make it an
> attachment in case you thought it WAS the virus.  If any one gets a
> Have Fun with These Links message, beware!

One way to check out attachments without opening them in Outlook is
to view the message source.  (From memory, you get this by selecting
the message, then select "File, Properties" from the menu.  The
"Message Source" button is in this properties window, possibly
under the "Advanced" tag.  You may need to double click on the message
to open it, then select "File, Properties".)  This shows the message
in its raw text form; text attachments should be readable, but binary
attachments will look like a block of random characters.  Be very
suspicious of any binary attachment!

   Paul Taylor                           Veni, vidi, tici -
                    I came, I saw, I ticked.
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