Re: Alien virus [Ref:C841195]

Subject: Re: Alien virus [Ref:C841195]
From: d r <writeagain -at- JUNO -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 1997 11:40:12 EST

I am not understanding this. Do you need to download something with a
macros in it. I don't use macros, but I have had problems with viruses in
the past that make me more suspicious of everything. With my new Windows
environment, there are things (files) on there that I have never heard of
so it is more difficult for me to figure out what should be there and
what shouldn't.

Before Windows, on a 386 is where I had a problem. A virus was downloaded
into my computer but (and in those days I was familiar with every DOS
file on it) it wasn't detected by me at first. It stayed there for about
2 weeks. All that I noticed was that I was losing megs and within a week
was down from 20 to 5 with no work done on the computer. Finally a hacker
warned me to look and sure enough there was this file named AL. It wasn't
an .exe file, and at the time I couldn't get any of the anti-virus
companies to even look at it. They were afraid of it.

So although I don't think about it too much these days, when I read
something about a virus that begins with an A I get nervous.

On Fri, 17 Jan 1997 16:43:59 +0000 Tom Tomasovic
<Tom -dot- Tomasovic -at- NA -dot- NWMARKETS -dot- COM> writes:
> Have not seen this, but it sounds suspiciously
> like a variation of the Word Concept Virus. Since
> the macros are "normal", i.e., they LOOK
> legitimate, the virus scanners may not recognize
> them as malicious (I know in the case of the
> original Concept Virus, several wierdly named
> macros were a tipoff, and I am certain that is how
> the virus scanners identified this one.) The
> virus scanners out there are getting better at
> this, but these little "pains in the a--" are real
> easy to create. They are mostly just that (like
> the common cold), but they travel VERY rapidly,
> and are really annoying.
> Good luck.
> Regards,
> Tom <<Tom -dot- Tomasovic -at- na -dot- nwmarkets -dot- com>>
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>Subject: Alien virus [Ref:C841195]
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>Date: 1/17/97 1:50 AM
>For the last week, about once or twice a day, when I open a document
>in MS
>Word, a little dialog appears with "Alien" in the title bar. It
>display a
>new message each time, such as:
>Never trust an alien.
>Hip Hip Hooray for the Alien.
>The Alien lives.
>I also believe there are three new macros in my Word documents called
>AutoClose, AutoOpen, and FileSaveAs.
>So far, no virus scan that we have tried detects this as a virus.
> Anyone else seen this?
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