Lately, I've been getting quite a number of annoying spam-like emails with large executable attachments, with vague suggestions that "you really should run this." So I'm supposed to run that "Windows Security Patch" executable sent from a stranger by email? Right.
More puzzling - these emails are NOT sent from the typical [blah123]@yahoo.com or spam-friendly-nation (*.cn, *.kr, *.ru) domains that spammers normally use. Is there some sort of virus loose that hijacks the email programs of innocent computer users with poorly-protected machines and uses them to send copies of itself?
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Mcafee give you the very W32.Elkern removal tools
W32.Elkern is a very dangerous virus that can infect on Win98/Me/2000/XP.
For more information,please visit http://www.Mcafee.com
This is the fourth time this week I've received an unsolicited executable ... has anybody else dealt with this, or did I just recently provoke the enmity of a determined-but-none-too-bright cracker-wannabe?