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Old 12th June, 2002, 01:00 PM
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worm klez virus and hotmail

Sorry, but I didnt know where to post this question.

WHat I was wondering was could the worm klez infect hotmail mailboxes???

I know its the worm klez sending because of the returned mail i get into my mailbox.......but the funny thing is: its sending out mail using my hotmail account.

I wasn't sure if its my PC thats infected or my hotmail account. The returned mail is from my hotmail account and goes back to my hotmail.
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I'm guessing it is your machine. My wifes machine got infected. I reformated and reloaded and all seems fine know.

Were the emails empty?
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Old 12th June, 2002, 01:53 PM
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THe returned mail INTO my Hotmail mailbox had EMPTY message bodies......but what caught my eye was the size of the message that was always 125K........

So if its my machine...........how come its using my hotmail account to send emails???? My address book in my hotmail account doesnt contain any addresses.....hmmmmmmm

I'll reformat my PC anyways.........

Blast that virus!!!
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That is exactly what it was doing on my wifes machine.


I figured it was just better to reformat.


I hate viruses.
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Old 12th June, 2002, 04:28 PM
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Isn't klez one of those virii that exploits vulnerabilities in Outlook/Express/Eudora and can access its address book? iirc it sends email using your smtp server, but the emails are made to look like they came from any random address in your address book, so if your hotmail addy is in there, then that's one that klez will use.

Alteratively, someone else with klez, who has your hotmail address propagated the virus, and you've been receiving some of them.

I don't think there's any virus written to damage web-mail yet.
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All to often in modern life we find people doing things not because they are worth doing but simply because they can be done":O{

Just a general observation.
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um... as in reformatting to get rid of Klez?

Folks, there is a freebie Klez removal tool at: Klez Removal

I've used it, it works, but if the worm has been in your box for awhile, you just MIGHT have another virus/worm, as a client's unit had. Klez tries to disable your Virus protection, among other things, allowing other virii in. The particular box I worked on had two.
After running the Klez tool, they could then get virus updates to remove the rest of the junk that was on the box.

Now, most people don't know, but there is supposedly a payload date associated with Klez, and not a good one.

We ended up only having to reinstall one program that was totalled. It was a Real Estate buisiness, so wiping out the drive was the very absolute last thing I was going to try. Ended up NOT having to, and it's been fine since.
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If you're running without an AV Product, you might be interested to note that you can have your machine scanned for FREE!

Trend Micro amongst others, offer a web based AV scan of your system. They call their product Housecall. It doesn't even require you to register before you use it!

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Thanks guys I just ranNortons, a real pain, but worth the mental security, none found.":O}
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This thing has been really nasty. Not too many ill side effects but a royal pain none the less.

I hear people talking about this every where I go. Imagine the talent going to waste writing these virus codes when it could be spent doing good. Like writing better drivers...
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I hear people talking about this every where I go. Imagine the talent going to waste writing these virus codes when it could be spent doing good. Like writing better drivers...
Half the time it's just bored teenagers looking to do a bit of vandalism - it's the same mentality as spray-painting a tag over local buildings: just takes a little longer.
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Imagine the talent going to waste writing these virus codes when it could be spent doing good. Like writing better drivers...
Umm, I'm not sure I'd want anyone with that "talent" writing drivers... A lot of virus code is horribly inefficent and quite buggy.

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Umm, I'm not sure I'd want anyone with that "talent" writing drivers... A lot of virus code is horribly inefficent and quite buggy.

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True,

But I was just trying to make a for instance and was out of brain power. That's all we need is more buggy drivers...
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I'm sure they'd have colourful and productive careers at Microsoft....
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I'm sure they'd have colourful and productive careers at Microsoft....
That is too funny....And some how sad and possibly true....
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