First, let me apologize for going off-topic. Secondly, I don't read German
very well at all, and can only hope that you can read enough English to
understand my point. I understand the e-mail below to be reporting a
computer virus from a particular source on a particular topic.
The virus described I believe is called the SirCam virus. My computer had
it almost two months ago. Norton and McAfee antivirus programmers have
developed good programs to defeat this virus. My Millenium Edition word
program restored all my programs and files, except for a couple of
specialized programs I use, which I had to re-install.
The most important thing to know about this virus is that IT CAN COME IN AN
E-MAIL FROM ANYONE ON ANY TOPIC. The way to identify e-mails which carry
the SirCam virus is the text:
Hi! How are you?
I send you this file in order to have your advice
See you later. Thanks
Evidently, this text is always in the body of the e-mail message. The
attachment carries the virus. It's easy to get fooled into opening it,
because the topic is usually one of interest to the person receiving it,
since the virus uses e-mail address books to send itself. That means that
the e-mail typically comes from someone known to the receiver, or on a topic
of great interest to the receiver.
Since computers send the infected attached file from the address book, the
people who own them typically don't know that their computer is doing this,
until someone notifies them, or until the virus has slowed their computer
significantly enough to be noticed.
Again, my apologies for addressing this topic, but I hope that this
information will help others not to go through what I went through for
nearly a week in trying to restore my computer to normalcy.
Anne Stefaniak, USA