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[Fwd: Attn: Robin Members - YOU_are_FAT.TXT.pif Virus Bear Careful Watching]

Hi everyone
	I am forwarding this from the daylily robin with permission.

  • To: undisclosed-recipients:;
  • 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
Robin Friends,

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.

Ted White
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."


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