AUTHOR: My Something
TITLE: Virus Alert
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DATE: 6/26/2003 11:49:00 AM
I'm a dumbass. Hard to believe, but true. I'm a computer geek and even this one got me.
If you get an email with the subject of movie, even if it is from someone you know, delete it immediately. If you get an email with a zip file that is called details.pif, delete it immediately.
There is a virus out there called SoBig and it has strains. The one that got me was SoBigE (the fifth one). What is does is go into your computer files, find all email addresses (even on html files) and emails them the virus. It doesn't appear to damage your hard drive but is a royal pain in the ass.
At work, I got an email from someone I knew with this file and downloaded it and unzipped it. It didn't open so I didn't think anything of it. Not until I got home and realized it infected my personal laptop.
For more info, visit Symantec. Go here for complete details and for instructions on how to download the fix for strain E and run it on your system.