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    Email via Interactive TV

    Hi loungers
    I think this problem is particularly UK oriented, but I could be wrong.
    We have been receiving a blizzard of emails containing viruses lately. It seems that someone in our walking club has an infected PC (they're not running anti virus software) and we've all been receiving lots of Netsky virus emails. One of our members does not have a PC and uses Sky interactive to send/receive emails via the TV.
    Here are the questions.
    That member opened some of the infected emails. Is there anything in their system which can be infected by viruses?
    If there is, is there any anti virus software available and how do they install/use it?
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    Re: Email via Interactive TV

    Assuming the service is similar to MS WebTV in the USA, the user does not really have access to the software. So, it is up to the service provider to provide any anti-spam or A/V services. It is possilble but unlikely that the system in question can be infected but may be able to forward an infeced e-mail.

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    Re: Email via Interactive TV

    > [/i]they're not running anti virus software[/i]

    I would advise you to do all in your power to get all of them to run some antivirus software
    Nowadays, not running frequently-updated antivirus software on a Windows PC is extremely irresponsible!

    AVG (manufactured by Grisoft) still provide theirs free to home users (but they hide it well on the website!), and there are numerous paid-for products.

    John

    PS Last month Sophos antivirus on our internet mail gateway server trapped just over 16,000 infected mail messages of which
    6,800 were Netsky-P,
    2,370 were Netsky-D,
    1,620 were Netsky-Z
    ... and so on (your antivirus supplier's virus names will differ)
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    Re: Email via Interactive TV

    Hi Joe and John Gray
    Thanks for your replies. Joe's reply confirmed what I thought but did not know. Had not thought that a recipient could forward an infected message though; I will pass that on to the user.
    John - yup - am doing that and have stirred up a hornet's nest. It seems that after my emails, all the members of the club who are running AV software are giving the others that aren't a hard time. It's depressing that people can still say "my PC was infected, but as I didn't send any emails to club members, it couldn't be me that's sending the infected emails". He's been notified of that error.
    What is really upsetting, though, are some people who, having been told that AVG is free still won't run AV. "It's all too computer geeky; I am not a computer expert so I'm not going to mess around with stuff like that" etc etc.
    The chairman's getting involved now, since his computer is under attack from the people who are infected, so pressure is building, but boy, it's slow going.

    As a matter of ineterest, is there any significance in the upsurge of Netsky_P virus emails. There really have been a lot around, as witnessed by the stats you quote
    Brian
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    Re: Email via Interactive TV

    Brian

    Glad you are getting things sorted out!

    Obviously Netsky-P has been very successful in infiltrating unprotected computers. The only significance may be the Harry Potter connection!

    It's this (and last) month's most popular virus, but there will be another one next month... and so on.

    John
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