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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Mailwasher To The Rescue

    This is a question of curiosity. This morning in my overnight email was a message FROM some email rejection daemon at AOL.COM that Mailwasher flagged as a possible virus. Since I haven't written to anyone with an AOL address for quite some time, the message was almost 400K in size and a Mailwasher "preview" showed zero, I took it on faith that it probably WAS a virus and deleted it from the mail server.

    Has anyone heard of any recent viruses disguising themselves as "undeliverable" mail returns?

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    Re: Mailwasher To The Rescue

    Yes.
    Someone gets hit by a virus.
    They (the virus) send it on to the entire contents of someones address book and use your name as the sender.
    A copy gets sent to an undeliverable address at AOL and is bounced back as 'undeliverable' by AOL to you as the original 'sender'.

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    Re: Mailwasher To The Rescue

    Bugbear...Klez...to name but a few...nasty stuff! I have MailWasher also (and Norton)...haven't received any of those weird emails <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>.

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    Re: Mailwasher To The Rescue

    Yep, acts just as Leif says. I've seen the Klez version Lonnie mentioned. A friend was struck by this nasty and at the height of the infection I was receiving 4 or 5 emails per day from him. It was necessary for me to open one in Outlook 98 and View|Options in order to see my friend was the actual sender and various members of his address book (often myself) were spoofed as the sender. My friend is not very computer adept and it took me some time to walk him through the installation of a removal program provided free by Norton and subsequent installation of Grisoft AVG to prevent re-infection. The time was well spent. No more annoyances since.

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    Re: Mailwasher To The Rescue

    My e-mail address was spooffed from somebody else's address book. For weeks I kept getting messages warning me that I was sending contaminated attachments. Some days I would get 15-20 messages from a single webmaster. These 'automated' messages were worse than a virus, or spam for that matter, because there was nothing I could do to stop it.

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    Re: Mailwasher To The Rescue

    That was one of the reasons I took the time to track down the infected party. Finding it was friend of mine earned me a couple of free pints <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> nice bonus.

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