I usually don't report this sort of thing (in fact I usually lurk
these days), but the supposed sender of the greeting card is someone I
don't know, but know that some of you do, so this may be a clue to one
of you that your machine is infected or being used.
Possibly that person has both of us as contacts.
I am Rosemary Peeler in Melbourne, Australia.
The supposed sender was Stefania.
The card was supposedly from 123greetings.com.
My virus checker moved its attachment to the virus vault.
Hope this helps somebody.
I get these all the time in my Google email (gmail), and they
automatically send to my spam folder - which is why I use THAT email
when filling out forms/surveys online. Funny thing is, I hadn't had my
gmail account for 24 hours, and had already accumulated over 200 emails
in my spam folder, and I hadn't used it for anything yet, nor let anyone
know I had it, only signed up for it and let it set.... makes one
wonder, don't it (or as that song goes "things that make you go hmmmm")?
I always feel so left out when viruses are going around -- everyone else
complains about getting 10,000 copies of them, and I don't get a single
Even when we're able to trace it to someone who has all of us in her
address book, so we're sure that it was sent to me.
AOL's virus-blocker is that good that it doesn't even show up in my Spam
folder. Yet another reason I'm not giving up AOL.
On Fri, 19 Sep 2008 01:43:03 -0700, Karen C in California
AOLs spam blocker is abhorrent. I know that to my cost when I email
my bridge club - it rejects the messages as spam, and yet the other
two ISPs in town are perfectly able to detect this is not spam, so you
better consider there is maybe mail you are not getting because AOL
decided to dump it.
I also remember a scandal with AOL that they had everything set up so
that if it detected an F word and less, it was rejected. I don't want
an ISP censor working on my emails.
I run a regular virus protection plan and do not receive spam or
virii, like Jeep I use a throw away address for signing up for
Have to watch that line of thinking Karen, I have had to re-install my full
windows vista system twice in the last 3 months since buying the brand
new system. The first was for bad drivers, while the last was for virus
One of the most common thing is that your own address will pass as
valid since you use it to send things, and because of that you will pass it.
Myself and a friend both had emails from our own address received.
Stupid thing was I accidently opened mine before realizing that I had not
sent it, which was enough. Thing that really got me was that my virus
program missed it also. My friend noticed hers and asked, she didn't get
It was only after finding problems and running the virus protector in full
mode that it was found, even thou it is set to check every message and to
scan the computer every day at a set time.
And some will say that maybe only a computer tech would have seen it.
Sorry, wrong! I was studying for my B.Sc. in software engineering, do have
a computer design diploma, and was a repair tech with a larger electronic
company before giving it up for medical reasons. I really enjoyed having
the re-install and also the full manual system check for hidden
which took the full week to complete.
Completing the program installs are still not finished, since I was
the computer with this year's newer model. So I still have 2 Terabytes of
programs to do, good thing it did not happen on last year's model. I
would have had more time consumed instead of just being able to use to
windows transfer program to move most of the rest.
PS. I know that I will either get a stupid reply or some such from an
enlightened reader. Just keep it to yourself! I have a commercial system
checker [not a toy system checker] and the ones that come with windows
vista itself running always. And they missed it, not me.
J. Howard Trenouth
On Wed, 19 Nov 2008 01:02:47 GMT, "J. Howard Trenouth"
Please watch your credits - I did not say that as quoted.
If you had a good virus protector it would not happen. I had one of
those Hallmark ones the other day, purportedly sent by a friend but no
name, didn't matter anyway as PC_Cillin had already stripped the
attachment off, so I couldn't have opened it if I had wanted to.
Sorry missed it, credit was so close to top when I replied that I saw the
in message" part and seen same name at top and bottom.
Suppose to be a good virus program, I picked mine after a computer mag
listed results from testing various programs and which missed least. Mine
does what you state above, the whole email removed with message "email
Point was that just because in address book does not mean can't get spammed.
There was no attachments on what got me using my own email address.
I originally was replying to the subject, that is what got my attention.
I was kinda agreeing with the subject line because of fun i had after I
newsgroup name and address since I had originally been using the default
I had posted up to the first week, then after I added more to the first
my thread and did the name change, I had the email from Myself to Myself
the email address I use for the newsgroup [not same as normal email]. And
since your own email address is normally in the safe list, it got pass
My setting for spam/virus is to be caught at the isp level, then norton gets
anything the isp misses, and a final thing is the mail program puts anything
not on my safe list are either deleted right away or asks what to do but
block opening it till I say safe and if i don't say, it deletes in 3 days.
On Tue, 18 Nov 2008 20:44:21 -0800, Karen C in California
They are labeled as spam by aol mainly.
My address cannot be hijacked, would take someone pretty smart to do
it, it may have gone unnoticed but I do not use an address in ngs
which would take a spammer anywhere.
We use the freeware version of AVG Antivirus. It can be downloaded
and you can set it to update daily; or in our case, overnight. If I
shut my laptop off at night I update in the morning. So far, so good.
It protects everything from email to web browsing. Just the free
version is what works and I think I can say without hesitation that my
husband knows his stuff!
On Wed, 19 Nov 2008 10:48:17 -0600, Jangchub
I used that but when I set up the new laptop I could only get 8 and
that is bloated too and it was slowing the whole system. I couldn't
think what it was until my local nerd asked me if that's what I had.
Very disappointing, so I took it off and voila, back up to speed. I
now use Avast which is excellent (and free) I figured I was not going
to have a fast computer then be slowed by virus ware. So don't
update to 8, keep 7.
On Wed, 19 Nov 2008 14:41:28 -0600, Jangchub
Yes, I have a router so I can use the laptop elsewhere outside this
room. It also has a wifi card so if I am away from here I can
generally filch a signal one way or the other.
Yeah, me too with the wifi card, but at home I lose the connection
often. This is the second replacement Dell has had to give to me. And
this model had to have the monitor replaced and last week the hard
drive went kerplooey. I have a 17 inch screen which I will never do
again. Weighs a ton so when I travel it's like carrying a barbell.
I can go to the library and use their wifi which is free and safer
than coffee houses. I recently found out Starbuck's in the airports
charge ten dollars to use their wifi! What nerve.
I think the next computer I will buy will either be a Toshiba or Sony.
Fortunately, when I bought this thing I also bought the three year no
questions asked full replacement and when it was about to expire I
bought another year which is good till June next year. I would have
been SOoL otherwise. Now this monitor screen has a black spot which,
of course, my eye goes to automatically! It's always something.
BTW, I'm glad your adoptee kitty likes you finally. I have been
begging my mother to stop adopting things, especially her three
parrots, no more please. Guess who will have those three parrots. I
don't think Mikabird is going to like it very much.
Have a glass of the box of wine you drink (!) and toast to my mother
living healthy till she's 100.
On Wed, 19 Nov 2008 16:10:58 -0600, Jangchub
I used to have a Dell Inspiron but gave that to a grandson and bought
a Dell XPS this year, adding quite a bit more speed etc and I was
advised to change the monitor too to a higher resolution. The XPS
weighs a fraction of the Inspiron. I am very pleased with it, no
problems so far.
There are quite a few places that charge, so I just don't use them.
Usually in the car park you can get a signal from somewhere I find.
Good for her - is she close yet ?
My mommie is only 74 and works full time. Lot's of life in that GOW.
She tells her colleagues I'm 27 LOL. Fortunately, women in my family
on both Russian and Italian sides live long lives with little illness
other than the old age stuff everyone gets.
Her birds are big honks. Her Amazon is so loud I can hear him from
here! He's 35. The Sun Conure is smaller, but also loud and he's 22.
Her tiel is also 20 so he is running out the clock. They don't live
as long as the bigger parrots.