Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner


Stupid me. A couple of days ago I attempted to open an attachment from someone I don't know. It did not seem to open. But of course what really happened is that my computer was infected with a virus. Specifically, the sircam worm. I found a remover on the Symantec site but it was unable to remove it entirely. I have to restart in safe mode and try again.

It isn't a really awful thing, at least from what I see. I seem to have sent mail to a large number of people I don't even know. How, I don't know. Most of them don't exist, for that matter. So I get messages of returned mail, which I delete. Some return messages are from servers, telling me an email I sent is infected with the sircam virus. So that's how I was able to do anything at all about it. I should inform slonet as well, so they can get some kind of scanning software installed on their mail server.

I always say don't open attachments from people you don't know or anything that you are not expecting, that isn't clearly intended. When I tried to open this file, I was thinking it was a request for help from the John Lautner Foundation. I have to take my own advice!

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