View Full Version : Strange emails: I think I've cracked it!

Billy T
03-10-2002, 12:28 AM
Hi Team

I am still getting the odd strange email, but without attachments or virus alerts and I reckon I might know why :)

Simple really, the messages are probably Bugbear derived, but I am on Xtra and their anti virus program is stripping the virus attachment and forwarding the original message.

If you are going to shoot me down, please be gentle, this is the smartest thought I've had all day and it's close to midnight.


Billy 8-{) :D

Chris Wilson
03-10-2002, 01:03 AM
So is there anything in yer emails that appears like added text?
The sort of thing i'm thinking about is something like the NAV report, thus:

>>This file: "Unknown0485.data" was infected with: "W32.Klez.H@mm" virus.

>>The file was deleted by Norton AntiVirus. Tuesday, August 27, 2002 02:37

Do xtra do that, you'd think they would want to be noticed as the clever sods that saved you from viri know wouldn't you?

03-10-2002, 01:42 AM
as far as i remember, they did, but im not with them now, so i couldnt say

grtz sal.

03-10-2002, 07:35 AM
Good Morning
I have no idea what the story is with the emails - but a friend and I have both been getting strange emails like that today too! We are also both on Xtra.

03-10-2002, 09:08 AM
This was on the bottom of one received yesterday...

----------------- Virus Warning Message ------------------

Old Word Documents.lnk.pif is removed from here because it contains a virus.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Virus Warning Message ------------------

Found virus WORM_BUGBEAR.A in file Old Word Documents.lnk.pif
The uncleanable file is deleted.


Billy T
03-10-2002, 10:30 AM
Hi God

Although you didn't say so (your halo is slipping) I asume that your messages came via Xtra.

If so, that leaves the question of this sudden glut of weird emails unanswered.
There are no attachments, no added messages, the text is genuine i.e not computer generated (the vernacular makes that clear) and the only unusual feature of the transmission is the absence of the recipients details. In every other respect they appear to be normal messages.

?:| ?:| ?:|


Billy 8-{)

03-10-2002, 10:36 AM
Yes, via Xtra, nothing indicates who removed the virus though.

I believe the virus is badly written and may not in some cases propogate well, so perhaps you are seeing its half hearted attempts?

Am surprised that I have only had the one, but most of my client base (where my address will be held) are more than paranoid about security so are unlikely to get infected.

Most run mail marshal, and to even get an attachment in or out is a challenge at the best of times.

03-10-2002, 11:14 AM
Cool nickname! ;)

Sam H
03-10-2002, 08:01 PM
Incase anyone is interested I received this message today cam from Jean Catt.

Hi Kris

Does any of this information relate to your family.
Would love to swap information.


Descendants of John Catt


------------------ Virus Warning Message ------------------

Wilson, Ivy Jane.doc.pif is removed from here because it contains a virus.



------------------ Virus Warning Message ------------------

Found virus WORM_BUGBEAR.A in file Wilson, Ivy Jane.doc.pif
The uncleanable file is deleted.