If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a bad email, you know there is danger when you disconnect. The unsettled feeling that passes even after you have deleted the email, combined with the fact that the email that remains in your inbox is probably the work of the same person, says that there is some danger to your email account. This message is usually sent via a zombie computer or an email that is infected with a virus.
When you get one of these messages, do not divert yourself from the following:
– Reply to the email message with a generic “Virus detected in the Mozilla Firefox Help Desk” message and the link to get rid of the virus should go directly to Mozilla.
– E-mail from your bank or your Paypal account that says your account has been compromised and you need to click on the following link to get rid of it and then forward the message along to Mozilla.
– Emails that ask you to change your account info by clicking on a link formed by Microsoft, Yahoo or others in order to make them safer.
Even if you are careful to take these steps, you can still get infected in the following ways:
By using a “Spam” product to clean your email account.
By receiving an email spoofing service.
By going to a website that uses a Spam blocker.
ohno.org/index.html contains strong spam protection.
However, if you are using antivirus software, make sure you update it, or better yet, run a system scan. You can either do a full virus scan by opening all the files one by one or use a quick search for the files to check them. It can possibly find a virus that has already infected your computer but cannot be removed.
When you get a virus, it can be a good idea to scan your hard drive partitions. This will help you find and delete them before they cause any further problems.
To delete a file, you canorto it using the methods below.
However, there are some things you should avoid doing, even if you are using antivirus software.
Delete files using the “Delete” key.
Do not click on links.
Do not open attachments.
The list of common misspellings is not a complete list
They can be cut and paste.
They can be created from within other programs.
They can be a word from an address.
They can be a phrase found in a document.
An e-mail can have a misspelled subject line.
Phrases such as “I can’t believe…” and “my goodness” come more naturally.
They can be taken from websites, but not verbatim.
They can be taken from e-mail messages, instant messages or messages received via web sites.
They can be mis-spelled or be written using different grammar.
They can be presented in an apparently random form.
They can be ordered or unsolicited.
Do not imitate the spelling errors of other users.
Do not use default network names or user IDs.
Dispose of any files on your computer using the “compress” and “decompress” options.
Make sure that the “Download associated files” box is not checked.
If you inadvertently open a file that is malicious, but not actually a virus, you can safely notify the other users on your local area network.
(The other users are not necessarily going to want to hear about it but it makes them less likely to accidentally activate the file.
The same goes for people using your computer: if you accidentally download a virus, you will probably want to warn the others on your network.)