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Basically it is a way of getting Antivirus 2010 onto your machine. Antivirus 2010 is NOT an antivirus program it is just an image (picture) or set of images meant to scare you. No it is not a scary animal with big teeth or whatever but it is an image telling you (lying through it’s teeth) that you have 100’s of viruses on you machine. And at that point that is all it is, an image and nothing particularly bad.
It says that to get rid of these viruses run the attached program. Don’t do it. If you do then you really will have all sorts of nasties in your machine because the “removal” program puts them there. Don’t even click on a “cancel” or similar button, it might say cancel but the program underlying the button might be written to load the download automatically.
Instead turn your whole email program off (that way your email program will close the dubious email), count to 10 and then reopen it and delete the offending email whilst it is closed.
The aim here is to get you to send money to get the nasties removed. If you do send money you will get no response, nothing will change except they will have your email details, your banking details and your money.
Ways to check suspect emails
Is it from Microsoft in some form or other? Why would Microsoft know your email address or even write to you? Why would they have an attachment to carry out any action when every month they download updates into your machine anyway with no email and no attachment needed?
Add a column to your email program to show to whom the email is addressed primarily. When I get an email addressed to Babis & Popi I somehow suspect it is not for me but most email programs do not show this information by default.
In Outlook you can right click on the email and look at it’s properties (unopened). If it is from firstname.lastname@example.org
then it is probably not from Microsoft so delete it.
Don’t rely on your real antivirus program to detect it in your email because there is no virus on your email, it is just a picture. It is when you download, and you ask for the download which is not a virus as such either just a whole load of nagware and frightening images telling you you have viruses (but of course it lies) and a little bit of extra programming to reinstall these nag images (should you just manage to remove the images) and perhaps some other coding to prevent you running programs which might help you remove it.
Many people will be sent these but they will be removed before they get to see them by filters on the email providers servers so no problem. Not everyone has these filters as an option and not everyone has them switched on so some rogue emails will get through.