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More Email Dangers

Posted by cotojo on August 31, 2007

The email Trojans are back in full swing.

Many of these will be titled ‘Office Antics’, ‘It Takes Guts to Say Jesus’, ‘Free Web Tools’ and many other eye catching subjects.

DO NOT open these emails as they contain a Trojan Downloader and if the link contained in the body is clicked a new window will open and you will be prompted to download a file.

Only trust emails from trusted sources, but also ensure that you have real-time anti-virus running.  Even trusted sources can innocently pass on trojans and malicious code.

Virus Name:  JS/Psyme also known as HTML/Mht@exp

Spreads through Web Browsing, Downloads Code from the internet, Exploits your system and/or Software vulnerabilities, and in extreme cases it can wipe your hard drive of all data.

Ensure your anti-virus is up-to-date.  I recommend AVG Anti-Virus (freeware) which catches these Trojans and opens  a ‘Threat Detected’ window.

If you are infected with this update your virus definitions file and reboot into Safe Mode, scan with anti-virus and also scan with ad-aware.

Email will read similar to this, with some variations: 

Welcome Member,

We are so happy you joined ************

Member Number: 6257277682314
Your Temp. Login ID: user3795
Your Password ID: eq708

Please Change your login and change your Login Information.

Use this link to change your Login info: ******** (link removed)


These emails all follow the same format with a clickable link…….DO NOT click.


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10 Responses to “More Email Dangers”

  1. cotojo said

    Sandy – Many thanks for your kind comment. I try to keep up with them but must confess I have been spending too much time on my other blog with more news breaking on a daily basis about missing Maddie and really must update this one.

    That’s a task for this week, time willing lol


  2. Thanks for the follow-up, Colin. You’re the best.

  3. cotojo said

    Chessnoid – Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

    I try to provide tools that I know work, having used them myself for some time or put them through their paces to ensure that they do what they are supposed to. Online safety is paramount and often overlooked.

    Colin 🙂

  4. CHESSNOID said

    Hi Colin,
    I think you have a great site and cool web tools for security. I use some of them already. Thanks for dropping by my site.

  5. cotojo said

    JonK – Many thanks for your input. There are of course many programs which will counteract the effects of such actions, which I have covered in many other posts.


  6. JonK said

    Useful post. My advice for you – try to use KIS from Kaspersky

  7. cotojo said

    Kim – You’re welcome, sadly there are so many variations of this going around that everyone really needs to be very aware of the risks involved.


  8. laketrees said

    thanks for this information Colin….I will save this link to refer to if I ever have trouble with my emails.. 🙂

  9. cotojo said

    Sandy – There are plenty of the “dearest one” emails, they have been around for years. They are known as the Nigerian 419 Scam, but no longer limited to Nigeria, as Russia, Ukraine and afew others have joined in. It only takes a few people to fall for it and pass on personal info then find their bank account cleared out, to make it lucrative business for the scammers.

    More info here: Nigerian 419 Scams

    Job scams are also another prime target: Job Scams


  10. Again, thanks for more good info. Can you explain the value of spam to the spammer? I’m thinking of those weird emails that look like they could be from real people. I use gmail, so I can see the first line of text, and it’s always some nutty junk asking “dearest one” to send cash to some dispossessed Third World prince or some conspiratorial “what if he finds out” kind of thing. Some invoke Jesus. What do these people get out of sending that sort of thing?

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