Postcard Virus- Beware of It
There are several computer viruses to beware of on the cyberspace. The recent among them, a sort of "traffic virus", is called "the postcard virus". Several sites have complimentary postcard schemes allowing their users to send postcards to contacts and kin. They choose an image, select an audio display, compose a little message, and email it to their buddies.
The secret to this virus is that user's pals and kin have to visit the site to collect their postcard. Your Internet site attracts visitors automatically without any significant contribution from your side.
After that, expectantly they dispatch postcards to their associates and kin. This perpetual sequence recurrently attracts further traffic to your site where you promote your wares and amenities.
The malevolent program arrives with the headline "You just got an e-card from a relative!" It next asserts, "You can collect your postcard by visiting the given site." It offers the subscribers alternatives to continue, save or stop.
Postcard from an unidentified dispatcher is the initial evidence that something is amiss. A computer expert Dan Blanchard states, "Neither does it specify the relative, nor does it provide the end user's name, revealing its point of origin."
The next evidence is that the contacts don't match. . Usually the specified address corresponds with the one in the message but here, it doesn't. Thus, by opening that link, you will immediately set up a malevolent program.
Three options that emerge with the program are; run, save, or cancel. In case you don't want to execute or set up a file sent by an unknown person, then don't push "run." Doing so could forward the e-mail to everybody in your address book.
It compromises computer data, allowing hackers to abuse your computer indiscriminately.
Anybody noticing such e-mail in his or her inbox is suggested to remove it completely.
» SPAMfighter News - 11-10-2006