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    BugBear (Virus)

    In reading about the "bugbear" virus, and those similar in nature, I notice that all seem to attach the outlook address book. I am curious to know, what happens when say an AOL'r who doesn't use Outlook gets that virus? Can it attack and use that address book as well? For that matter if one is using an http e-mail such as hotmail, what happens there as well?
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    Re: BugBear (Virus)

    All Windows systems are affected. For details, see

    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcen...bugbear@mm.html

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    Re: BugBear (Virus)

    Thanks for the response, but that was not what I asked. I realize that it can infect any Windows Operating system. Please let me re-state the question. Lets say for example that I have received the virus, and like a dummy opened it. Now my ONLY e-mail ADDRESS book is AOL. I DO NOT use Outlook or OE. CAN the virus spread itself using my AOL Address book.
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    Re: BugBear (Virus)

    Does your AOL address book have one of these extensions?
    <UL>.mmf
    .nch
    .mbx
    .eml
    .tbb
    .dbx
    .ocs[/list]If not you should be safe from that part of the virus. However you should read the details Kaplinb pointed you to. The other three things it can do to your PC are just as ugly or worse. The only good defense is uptodate anti-virus software.
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    Re: BugBear (Virus)

    Not directly related to the content of this thread, except to recount the seriousness of the Bugbear virus. This morning a colleague booted her computer--she noticed it was a little "sluggish"--but didn't think much of it and went off to teach her class (we're an .edu with a intranet). While she was gone, one of the printers networked to all the computers in our department started spewing out pages and pages of paper (3 reams in all) with a smiley face. No one noticed since the printer is in an isolated room. This happened only because she booted--she had tried to print nothing. She came running to me--I tried to run McAfee, which she claims she updated recently, but the program wouldn't run at all. Call the tech gurus. Wait for them. In the meantime, across campus, another printer started spewing out pages, her name on the banner page. End of story: Bugbear. Cleaned, but with great difficulty. Source: Opening an attachment from a student. Don't trust anyone.

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