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Strange virus name

by nondaj / May 12, 2004 1:44 PM PDT

Recently had an email returned indicating only that it could not be delivered. No reason given why. On down the message it talked about the attachment was denied due to a HEURISTIC virus.

I immediately scanned my whole system and it came up clean. What is a heuristic virus and if I had it, why did my system come up clean?

Running Win XP Pro service pack 1, 2002
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Outlook Express email program

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Re:Strange virus name
by xcks / May 12, 2004 5:45 PM PDT
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"Recieveing" E-Mail "attachments/virsus" everyone gets by the 100's.
Until they are "opened" (clicked on) are harmless.
Had you clicked on the attachment, (thus opening it) then... you would go down the "heuristic virus road of adventure" lol
Since you did not open it, you are off on the right path of what to with all email of this nature.
Unless you are expecting an email of this type from a person you know and trust ... just keep on deleteing them. You have no virus.

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Re:Re:Strange virus name
by nondaj / May 13, 2004 1:07 AM PDT
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Either I did not word my question well or you misunderstand. I did not RECEIVE an email with an attachment. I SENT the email with an attachment and it was returned to me as undeliverable no reason given. But the words saying that the attachment I sent had been denied due to a heuristic virus. I already have the programs you suggest for keeping PC clean and no I am not just getting started with a new computer - have just upgraded this one but have had a PC for over 10 years now. Any other suggestions from anyone?

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Re:Strange virus name
by Yew / May 13, 2004 2:28 AM PDT
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There's really no such thing as a "heuristic virus" and if the response you got back called it that, then it was poorly worded.

Generally speaking heuristics are a sort of mental shortcut that allow us to see similarities in different situations. I've never driven a snowmobile, but since I have driven a car, I can heuristically apply a lot of my driving skills for a car to a snowmobile.

When applied to anti-virus programs, the scanner is programmed to look for common characteristics of a virus which then allows it to flag and halt suspicious activity even though there might not be entry for this specific virus in the scanner's database. Of course when you set a scanner to ultra-anal mode, it can flag just about anything as a potential virus, and that's probably what happened to your attachment.

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Re:Strange virus name
by xcks / May 16, 2004 7:48 AM PDT
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I did not mis-read your question, I simply informed you of safe practice's and I am glad you have them intact.
Had you tried to open your returned email (and it actually let you?) it would not have anything of use with-in it. You would have seen a garbled wordpad-ed display of numbers, letters & symboles of great length.

Simplely put, you sent a already downloaded program, jpg, ATTACHMENT, etc etc etc..
INSTEAD of the "Internet Address" OF the download, so your friend could download it.

Sending an already downloaded program is not possible. ******** in = ******** out = heuristic virus
(bs in = bs out = )
an "image" of the attachment or "ghost" was the heuristic virus outcome. Hope this helps explain it.

p.s. I believe share this folder, network shareing, or peer to peer, and other options between your computer and theirs needs to be established for that to actually work!

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