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Spent all day yesterday setting up my new DELL computer. When I transferred my AOL account to this computer, my saved Emails were also transferred. Three of the Emails had attachments that I couldn't open due to the limited memory on the old system. Two of the Emails were from [email protected] Since I had previously contacted sand flea about doing some new Hot Spots for NJ, I figgured he had sent something back. The first subject line was Bottom Navigation, which contained a ZIP file. Hey, bottom navigation can have numerous meanings, and I know sand flea has a sense of humour, so I opened the Email and received the standard warning from AOL about do you trust who this came from. Hey, I trust the fleameister, so I hit download now. After downloading, I still wasn't able to open the file.

I became just a tad suspicious, and since the DELL came preloaded with a trial version of McAfee Virus Scan, I pulled it up and hit "Scan All Files." Well, first I was amazed that a brand new computer has 28,662 files. I was alarmed that three files were contaminated with the W32/KLEZ.eml virus. McAfee determined that they were beyond "cleaning", and recommended I delete them, which I did.

So be on the lookout for Email from [email protected] with subject lines Bottom Navigation or Microsoft Referral Server. The other offender was [email protected] with subject line Your Password. As I stated last Fall, other Bulletin Boards have been plagued by viruses alledgedly sent by "rival" boards. Lucky for me the McAfee screens all incoming Email, so I shouldn't see this problem again.

The offending Emails have been forwarded to AOL and McAfee.
 

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I have been having serious problems with my system here. Not so much due to virus issues but due to a download that brought along a lot of spyware, etc. Got a persistently pesty "hacker wanna be" trying to get into my system as well. I can't get everything out of the registry keys. Just 2 stubborn entries keep popping back up on me. After deleting all the daily downloads and non computer necessary stuff, I have tried "Spybot" and "Ad-aware" to help with these issues. They have found crap that you would not believe. Especially the "Spybot" software. Waiting now to get some assistance with deleting the unwelcomed crap in my registry keys. These things tend to attatch themselves to the system and in turn a registry key is made. If I can't resolve this that way, looks like I will be doing another complete system restore. It's becoming routine now for me to do so about every 3 or so months.

McAfee is really great. You may benefit from some other type programs as well that are designed to deal with everyday issues with cookies, temporary internet files, hijackers, etc... I have Norton and it will catch things, only after they have come aboard. I will be switching to McAfee very soon.

Thanks for the post.

PS: You might wanna consider disabling the "public display option" of your email address from your "profile."
 

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Aw hell. Has anyone else gotten these e-mails from me? Sounds like either 1) someone spoofed my e-mail address and sent these things or 2) I'm infected with klez. But it doesn't make any sense...I just did a system scan and found nothing.

Don't EVER open attachments other than image files from anyone, especially files that are executables.
 

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Okay, I just ran a scan specifically for klez on my laptop. Nothing. Nada. Clean as a whistle.

Which means some a-hole is spoofing my address and sending this thing to people. Be careful.
 

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Surprisingly enough, I had a virus come on board in a temporary internet file. Not from anything that I downloaded. Norton alerted me to the fact and I took care of it almost right away. Turned out to be one of those that could not be deleted, moved, or accessed manually. That was a headache but I did get rid of it.
Up until then I never thought viruses could access one's computer in such a way. Norton caught it once it was aboard---but McAfee catches them before they gain access to one's computer.

And on that "address list", I have made adjustments to mine based on what's no longer active and in frequent use. That'll protect others from receiving what could otherwise be classified as unsolicited "Junk Mail." Thanks for that tip.
 

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Greetings All!

The way I understand it, the virus grabs an address book and sends copies out using those addresses. Usually the subject lines are predetermined, but can also be copied from other emails. These types of viruses are generally nonspecific in their targets, and are designed to spread as quickly as possible before detection (like Melissa strains.) The last time I thought I had a virus problem, it turned out the virus grabbed my email address from a fisherman in Virginia, then tried to pass it to a captain I charter with who luckily had protection in place (the main reason I got protection with the new computer!)

Unfortunately, there are also lowlifes out there that specifically target web sites/bulletin boards. A couple of carp fishing sites were specifically attacked about a year ago. The British boards immediately suspected PETA (very aggressive in Europe), but as it turned out the culprit was supposedly a member of a rival board. A smaller "bug war" was experienced by some East Coast striper sites. Unfortunately, any idiot with a little bit of programming knowledge can mount these attacks.

So far the McAfee has been working out pretty well. It scans for viruses (with constant updates) and alerts you when a site tries to pass a cookie or access the internet while you're browsing. Firewall supposedly stops intruders from accessing personal data (I know one guy who gets an average of three "alerts" a week, but he accesses a lot of free porn sites, where a lot of problems come from (nothing in life is "free".) I know a lot of people who are unhappy with Norton, but they just brought out a 2003 version for $59.00 that has a $20.00 rebate coupon and an additional $20.00 rebate for folks who have a prior version (of ANY antivirus software) for a net of $19.99. The new antivirus software also has "free" disk maintenance software (look for the double box in Best Buys.) This may bring some former Norton users back into the fold, but I think I'll stick with McAfee.

Hopefully this was an isolated incident, but as S&P continues to grow, it may become a problem.
 

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To clean up my registry I use a tool called system mechanic. It does a lot of simple and not so simple window clean up functions. They have a trial verson that is free, but I dont remember if the trial cleans your reg. or not(have full verson).
 

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Thanks Axon

I have written down the names of the affected registry keys. I have gone into the system and visually seen them. Just a bit nervous about taking them out manually. Only thing that can happen of course is that I will mess up the computer and have to do a restore. If I don't attempt anything then a restore will be needed anyway. But if I managed to get rid of "Commonname/CNBabe (compliments of Imesh) from the system then I am sure I can get rid of the "IGetNet" mess.
I'll do a search for and research on "System Mechanic" and try the Microsoft online support communities also. The folks there have been very helpful in the past.

Thanks again
 

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I too have a problem with the pop up add software. Seems one of them got on to my computer and I cannot use my Internet Explorer at all. I cannot send anthing out from my compuer..I cannot ping outside my home compter. My high speed internet company spent an hour with me the other day trying to diagnose the problem. Seems the problem is on my PC. I will probably have to slick my PC and reload all software---Except this time I will install Norton Firewall protection...maybe that will help.

The only time I can log on is at work now so I will not be as active on the site until my PC get fixed. :(
 

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Sand Crab is the best computer nerd the military has to offer. I'm sure he can handle it.

OK, I stretched the truth a little there. But seriously, Sand Crab is a techie--he'll handle it I'm sure.
 

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HuskyMD,

A computer techie I am not. I learned all my stuff from on-the-job training and have not had any formal schooling or college for IT related items.

When ya going fishing again? Looking at the Severn River today and all the ice is melted and the ice chunks are drifting into the bay. Just might try and see if them pesky white perch are around...or maybe the Winter flounder!
 
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