Thanks Malc for the warning, there's more and more viruses being distributed than ever before.
Here is some bumf on the virus W95.Hybris.gen a.k.a. I-Worm. Hybris
The W95.Hybris.gen worm spreads itself via an email attachment posing as pornographic material. It sends itself using faked email headers so the from line always appears as:
From: Hahaha <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If you receive any messages with the following subject lines delete them immediately:
-Snowhite and the Seven Dwarfs - The REAL story!
-Branca de Neve porn!
-Enanito si, pero con que pedazo!
-Les 7 coquir nains
or depending on the version of the virus some combination of:
Anna + sex
Raquel Darian sexy
celebrity rape horny
leather ... e.t.c.
As always the best protection against attacks such as these is not to open messages or attachments from sources you do not trust, and to run (and keep up to date) antiviral software on a regular basis.
You can find more information about this virus at:
I learnt the hard way last time it done the rounds i opened it and it got me it took 2 days to clean my system.
Had mcfee on my system then but since switched to the AVG program.
Now anything with attachments i just delete straight away regardless.
The one thing with all Anti-Virus software is that it needs the 'Dat' files updating on a regular basis, ie monthly. Some have an option to enable a check for Heuristics which means anything that may resemble a virus whether known or not. I believe McAfee has this option built in.
To safely open an attachment, first create a new folder for example on your Desktop, (right click desktop, New > Folder then rename say attachments
With AVG (and most other Anti-virus software), in Outlook or Outlook Express if you click the attachment icon, select the Save Attachment and in Browse find the folder, right click the file and left click the option Scan with AVG or whatever your software title.
AOL will save an attachment to the default Download folder. Again right click the file and left click the option Scan with AVG or whatever your software title.
Like you say, the totally safe way is to delete them regardless but sometimes like I find, I receive a boatload of attachments, images, articles, bumf, etc which needs to be opened.
One that 'Got' me a little while back was an attachment 'SULFNBK.exe'.
Never open an attached file with the sffix .exe.
Having deleted the attachment, I checked the hard-drive of this PC and sure enough found the same file. Remembering a warning that went out a bit back regarding this file, I thought that the PC had been 'got' so before deleting it, a good ploy which is used often before deleting files is to rename them so they become ineffective >> right click file>rename>newname SULFNBK1.exe. This isolates the file, which I did this time.
A quick check with Symantec and it turns out the virus was a hoax and the file on the PC was part of the operating system so it was just a quick rename again.
The attachment was meant to overwrite the PC's file.
Last time this did the rounds i checked out the url & found ut that the people who owned it had also tried to find the culprit & they are the ones who owned the website (they brought it to warn others of the virus(viri?))
If you don't have an AV prog running then you could be in deep poo poo
A lot of the viri? (what the hell do you call a collection of viruses??) attatch themselves to you re-mail address book & send themselves to your friends without your knowledge.(self reproducing hence the term virus)