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    'postcard' via e-mail

    I did something so stupid, I am embarrassed to admit it. I received an e-mail stating I had a "postcard" awaiting me at a website. I should have been alerted by the statement that it was from "a family member." But considering situations in my family, one could have sent it like that. I went to the website and entered the special code. The "exe" file was downloaded to my computer. I do not recall executing it. I do have the free version of AVG and it detected the infected file. The free version evidently does only that and nothing more. I deleted the postcard.exe from my hard drive and recycle bin. What else should I do besides kick myself swiftly and hard in the hiney? <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> I cannot believe I fell for that!

    Following is the header and text of the e-mail, minus the full URL provided.
    Received: from source ([69.28.228.90]) by exprod5mx59.postini.com ([64.18.4.10]) with SMTP;
    Sat, 07 May 2005 16:28:28 PDT
    Received: (qmail 3358 invoked by uid 514); 6 May 2005 13:22:41 -0000
    Date: 6 May 2005 13:22:41 -0000
    Message-ID: <20050506132241.3357.qmail@wubrothers.ca>
    To: moi@hal-pc.org
    Subject: You've received a greeting from a family member!
    From: egreetings.com <egreetings@egreetings.com>
    Content-Type: text/html
    X-pstn-levels: (S: 0.01176/95.69932 R:95.9108 P:95.9108 M:97.0232 C:98.7678 )
    X-pstn-settings: 5 (2.0000:2.0000) s gt3 gt2 gt1 r p m c
    X-pstn-addresses: from <egreetings@egreetings.com> [1808/78]
    X-pstn-disposition: quarantine

    Date: 6 May 2005 13:22:41 -0000
    From: egreetings.com <egreetings@egreetings.com>
    To: asbalch@hal-pc.org
    Subject: You've received a greeting from a family member!

    You have just received a virtual postcard from a family member!
    You can pick up your postcard at the following web address:
    http://www2.post****.org/
    If you can't click on the web address above, you can also visit 1001 Postcards at http://www.post****.org/postcards/ and enter your pickup code, which is: *******
    (Your postcard will be available for 60 days.)

    Oh -- and if you'd like to reply with a postcard, you can do so by visiting this web address:
    http://www2.post****.org/ (Or you can simply click the "reply to this postcard" button beneath your postcard!)
    We hope you enjoy your postcard, and if you do, please take a moment to send a few yourself!
    Regards,
    1001 Postcards
    http://www.postcards.org/postcards/

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    Re: 'postcard' via e-mail

    You can use additional scanners and cleaners (such as HouseCall), to make sure nothing evil remains. I guess a spyware scan also would be useful.

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    Re: 'postcard' via e-mail

    I assume you are interested in feedback about what you should do next. I would contact Egreetings customer support and 1001 Postcards and tell them what happened. I'm sure they would like to know tht their products and services is being used in this fashion. They may even be able to trace the source of the email for you.

    Then, as Jefferson suggested, you should update and run your AV program (FYI - AVG Free is a complete program and removes as well as detects virus and worm infections), Anti-spyware defenses (Adaware se, Spybot S&D, etc) and check your firewall log to see if there is any unusual activity or repeated attempts by some program or process to get out.
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    Re: 'postcard' via e-mail

    Thank you to both of you. I notified the two websites mentioned. AVG, for me, is not "complete." I tried to use several of its functions with no success. Oh well; can't complain about something that is free. :-)

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    Re: 'postcard' via e-mail

    You may have the free Trial version of the AVG Full Professional edition. Try this site to get a copy of the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> "for the life of the product" Personal edition.
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