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Hotmail virus

by rickymaravilla / March 21, 2011 1:13 AM PDT


A virus, that arrived disguised as a video a attachment in an e-mail, did resend itself to all the addresses in my address book.

It is the second time that this virus arrives and does the same.

I deleted the e-mail withouth opening it.
I deleted al the "could not send e-mail" notifications in my inbox.
I did not enter to hotmail this weekend and the emails were sent on sunday.
The antivirus did not find anything.
The antispyware did not find anything.
I changed my account password.

Therefore I believe that:

The virus sends the emails automatically.
I do not need to open the e-mail nor click on the attachment to activate the virus.
I do not need to login to my account.
The virus arrives to my inbox (the hotmail server) and it resends itself automatically.
Somehow this virus works in the hotmail servers.

Does anyone experience this and is there any way to prevent it from operating?

The only thing I can think of is deleting all the addreses from hotmail and save them in my computer. But this seems rather inconvenient.

Any other solutions?

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Just one thought
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 21, 2011 11:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Hotmail virus

Attachments cannot invoke without opening them, so this is a little strange.

Just one thought though. I don't know how Hotmail displays emails via a web page, but when I use my email software, (eg Outlook Express, Outlook, Thunderbird, etc), my settings allow a "Preview Pane" to be displayed. Then, when I highlight an email it is 'previewed' in the Preview Pane.

That's a problem, and one I am aware of. The Preview Pane allows a sneak preview of emails but it is just the same as opening an email to view it all. So, if the email itself has a virus, that virus can be installed onto my system just by me previewing the email.

But as I say, I am aware of this vulnerability so I will untick the Preview Pane before highlighting suspect emails that I want to delete.

How does this work with Hotmail? Is there a Preview Pane there?


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Hotmail virus
by rickymaravilla / March 22, 2011 2:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Just one thought

Although you may activate a preview pane in hotmail I do not have it activated since it makes hotmail slower. So that may not be the problem.
I suspect this attachment somehow works in hotmail servers.

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