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New Outlook/Express Update is a Virus

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by ARs&AKs, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. ARs&AKs

    ARs&AKs NRA Life Member

    Sep 7, 2002
    Received an update for MS Outlook and Outlook Express today and after checking, found it's a virus. It looks like it was sent from Microsoft but knowing they haven't updated either of these programs for a long time set off my BS meter.

    Fake Microsoft Outlook update contains virus for ID theft

    Tuesday, June 23, 2009

    Spam email purporting to be a "critical update" for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express contains a link to download a malicious program that can steal personal information from a user's computer, including login credentials and credit card information, Trend Micro reported Monday.

    The spammers use legitimate links to Microsoft sites in the email body to make the email appear genuine, but a link appearing to direct users to a Microsoft site for the "update" actually downloads a Trojan horse called ZBot.

    ZBot accesses a website to download information directing the virus to monitor certain websites and where to send stolen data, the security firm's blog said.

    Web security researchers discovered that the Trojan monitors websites of banking institutions and social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. If a user accesses any of these website, the Trojan logs keystrokes to steal the user's passwords and other sensitive information such as credit card numbers.

    Recently, phishing emails have been circulating that appear to come from Microsoft and ask recipients to reconfigure their Outlook account by clicking on a link to a website where users are asked to fill in their account information, including their mail server address.
  2. grokdesigns


    Dec 23, 2004
    Chandler, AZ

  3. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    +1 ... there are a few software companies that are willing to notify users about updates but M$ isn't one of them.
  4. I set the MS auto updater for auto download but for manual installs.

    An aside: I examine the list and rejected IE8, many folks I know have had there PCs crash under Vista and IE8.
  5. JimmyN


    Sep 29, 2006
    One of my mail accounts got two of those a day for three days, so I created a filter and now they have been going in the trash on arrival.

    Not only does MS not send out update notices, clue #2 was the email link they provided. Hovering over the '' link would show in the status bar that you were actually going to ''

    Checking the email header shows the return path;
    'pulverizingvp at'

    Sender - '' (, a Brasil Telecom address)
    to - '' (at the same address)
    and from there came to me.

    Thunderbird had already labeled it as a possible email scam as well.
  6. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    I have setup filters on all of my e-mail accounts (excluding my business account) that deletes everything received from senders not listed in my address book.
  7. ronterry

    ronterry ERB#1

    Apr 25, 2005
    Elizabeth, CO USA
    WTF? You guys still using XP or something. I done forgot what XP looks like! Is that the Windows version that has the word 'Start' for the start menu? :) Get with it man, Windows 7 RC1 has been out for a month now! Meaning Vista is already showing it's age!
    When Windows 7 is released, support for XP's days are numbered - so plan ahead...
  8. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

    Apr 14, 2004
    Mucus City, USA
    Microsloth scheduled XP's sunset some time ago. It had nothing to do with the release of Win7.
  9. MavsX

    MavsX The Dude Abides

    Jan 19, 2009
    Arlington, VA
  10. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    There are reports of M$ forcing updates on users that had auto updates turned OFF in the past and more recently both Windows XP and Vista have been downloading updates EVEN if a user has Automatic Updates configured to "download updates but don't install them" or "notify me but don't install them."

    Toolkit to disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 8 provided by M$ ...

    Also from M$ a toolkit to block the automatic delivery of service pack 3 ...

  11. ARs&AKs

    ARs&AKs NRA Life Member

    Sep 7, 2002
    Oh, you're talking about Windows XP, the most stable Windows platform of the last decade? Yeah, me and MILLIONS of people still use it and never "upgraded" to Vista.
  12. Toyman


    May 6, 2003
    West Michigan
    It contains subject lines like the following:

    Install Critical Update for Microsoft Outlook
    Update for Microsoft Outlook
    Install Update for Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft Outlook Critical Update
    Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook
  13. ronterry

    ronterry ERB#1

    Apr 25, 2005
    Elizabeth, CO USA
    Having experienced both, Vista is superior in every way.
    Now I completely understand that hardware can dictate the OS. Heck I tried Server 2K8 on a few of my servers, and they where completely unusable so there back to running 2K3 till they die.
    Windows 7 is what Vista should of been so if your running XP, your experience with upgrading to Windows 7 in the future should put a smile on you face.

    Macs suck in every way!!! I'm sure we agree on that :)
  14. +5

    I do exactly the same thing, except my cable provider allows online viewing of email, and they scan all mail 3 times before their members ever see it.

    I too created an online filter that directs all incoming mail to the trash bin except for those on my accepted senders list.

    When I give out my email addy to someone, I make sure I add their addy to my accepted list. I still have all pictures, links, activex, and html inside email removed. All I get is plain text, unless I choose to accept additional info.