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Old 04-16-02, 11:09 AM
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Virus identification? (Was in an email attachment which I didn't open)

I received an email from somebody I know that had an attachment called "waiting.exe". Per my computer's antivirus software, the attachment had a virus. I didn't open the attachment, of course, and wouldn't have even it I hadn't been warned about a virus (this person likes to forward spam to me for some reason).

Where can I go to see which virus it was? The text of the message was as follows.

Group Term Life Coverage No waiting period
(Basic Life, Supplemental Life, Dependent Life, AD&D)
Flexible Spending Accounts No waiting period
(Medical spending account, Dependent Care account)

Medical Coverage 60-day waiting period

Dental Coverage 60-day waiting period

Money Purchase Pension Plan 1-year waiting period

Long Term Disability 1-year waiting period

Short Term Disability (non-agents only) 6-month waiting period


Please note the company will contribute 5% into the Money Purchase Pension Plan for each new hire and it will remain at 5%. This change and the one-year waiting period for the Money Purchase Pension Plan is effective April 1, 2002 for any new employees hired after that date.

Please make sure that you are using the correct enrollment form for the group life benefits.
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Your virus software should tell you which virus it was. You could then goto any of the major anti-virus vendors and search for it.

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Originally posted by Dave99
Your virus software should tell you which virus it was...
"Should" is the key word here. The antivirus software on this machine just deleted the attachment and gave me this message:

___________________ ATTENTION!! _____________________
A Virus Has Been Detected in the file attachment(s).
The file attachment(s) have been removed by Guinevere,
the Groupwise Antivirus Scanner.

====> You may wish to notify the sender!
____________________________________________________


For some reason, the same email was sent to my other email account which is how I know what the attachment was called (I didn't open it there either, of course).
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I searched at google and at mcafee for the attachment name. It didn't come up either place. Maybe it is one of those that pulls a name from some other document from the prior user. If you still have the full email from your other account, you could try saving the attachment and running some other virus scanner to try and pick it up.
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Was it actually a virus, or did it just remove the file because it had a .exe extension?
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Originally posted by Dave99
... If you still have the full email from your other account, you could try saving the attachment and running some other virus scanner to try and pick it up.
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D'oh! (smacking myself on my forehead) Of course!

I forwarded it to my yahoo account, on which I can scan for viruses. It was infected with this virus:

[email protected]

a description for which can be found here:

http://[email protected]

One of the things it does is this:
Large scale e-mailing: Uses email addresses from the Windows and Eudora Address Book files, Outlook Express Sent Items folder, and Netscape Sent Items files.

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