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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by 4dsmom, Aug 2, 2006.

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  1. 4dsmom

    4dsmom Thread Starter

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    A friend sent the following email to me , to see if I received it. I did not. Is it legitamate?



    Did you get this news letter from Guy Tech Support

    PowerPoint Virus

    Microsoft A new virus has Microsoft warning its customers of their computer’s possible vulnerability. The virus takes advantage of a shortcoming in Microsoft’s PowerPoint software’s security and allows attackers to remotely control a user’s computer.


    The virus is activated when a user opens a PowerPoint e-mail attachment, PowerPoint file provided by the attacker, or when they visit a website that includes and embedded PowerPoint presentation. Once activated, the virus installs a program to log all keystrokes, and also leaves the computer open to allow a hacker to install other programs.

    "It installs a backdoor and allows for all types of software to be downloaded on the computer and the computer can be remotely controlled," said Alfred Huger, a security expert at Symantec Corp.

    PowerPoint 2000, 2002, and 2003 are all susceptible to attacks. Microsoft has reported a limited number of attacks. They have announced that they are working on a fix for the flaw in PowerPoint, which will be finished on or before August 8th, as part of regular monthly security updates.


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    4dsmom Thread Starter

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    Thank you. I have Power point 97 so hopefully I am "immune" to this virus. Also AVgG scans all incoming mail and attachments
     
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    Looks like you're safe. :)
     
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