[Fwd: Attn: Robin Members - YOU_are_FAT.TXT.pif Virus Bear Careful Watching]
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- Subject: Attn: Robin Members - YOU_are_FAT.TXT.pif Virus Bear Careful Watching
- From: TedWhite1@aol.com
- Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 09:20:54 EST
We have another virus on the loose that bears very careful watching. It is
called the YOU_are_FAT.TXT.pif virus. If you open the message you will likely
find it blank but with an attachment. Under no circumstances should you open
the attachment. One inside your computer, if can contaminate many files. One
of our members reports having to cleanup as many as 150 infected files. When
this virus is active in your computer, it will likely attach itself to every
E-mail message you send. So, once again, I suggest that you monitor all
incoming mail containing attachments very carefully.
Daylily List Co-owner
P.S. Tim Fehr was very helpful in identifying YOU_are_FAT.TXT.pif as a virus.
Here's are some of his insights.
"The "give away" that this is probably a virus of some sort is the
file name of this attachment. Creating a file with the two periods
in the name and having Windows set to hide certain extensions - which
is usually the default, would make this file appear as:
Many folks wouldn't see the pif extension since this is one of the
usual 'hidden' file extensions. They might then assume, incorrectly,
that this is a text file with a .TXT extension and therefore a 'safe'
text file to open in Wordpad. However, this is most likely some other
payload and should NOT be opened. Suspect almost any attachment
that ends in .TXT.*** where the *** may be any other letters."