These worms, viruses, that are out there currently, go into someone's
address book and use all the addresses they find. They send out messages to
new people, using the addresses they find in the address book as the sender.
This is why we're all receiving notifications that emails containing viruses
have been received with our names as the supposed sender.
My ISP servicer even told me that one of the worms is using the isp servicer
address as the sender to various subscribers to the ISP. They try to find
someone to use whose name is a "known" name to the addressee, in hopes of
getting the addressee to open the email.
So even though all of us have faithfully kept up with our virus detection
software, it doesn't mean that someone or (in this case) some virus hasn't
picked up our addresses from an unknown third party who WAS infected, and is
using that information to fake email messages which seemingly come from us.
If anyone wants more information on these viruses and how they work, you are
welcome to take a peak at my isp provider's home page which has a lot of
useful info on viruses both on their home page and on a link contained
therein. That address is www.hal-pc.org. Hal is a local (Houston) not for
profit computer users group comprised of thousands of local computer hot
shots. They are, as a whole, a very well informed group of computer users
and I value their advice and counsel.
I use their e-mail virus program to screen incoming messages and I also have
up-to-date Norton's to screen any outgoing messages as well as my computer
virus search on a weekly basis. I've still received several messages in the
past couple of weeks stating that a message I was sending contained a virus
and I should double check my computer. The messages that were referred back
to me were not messages I had sent out to anyone.
And, if anyone has "Black Ice" on their computer, please be warned that
there is a problem with it that makes it vulnerable to a virus that is
undetectable. Hal-pc is warning users to delete the program from their
computer. For more details, see the above-mentioned Hal-pc home page.
I hope this information is useful to you and will help to explain how some
of these viruses are being spread.
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