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Nolly
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My daughter received this email from one of her MSN messenger contacts:
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if some butthead called **xxxxxx@hotmail.com adds you to your msn, dont accept it. its a virus. Tell everyone on ur msn cuz if somebody on ur list adds them u get the virus 2, its a multi threading virus capable of picking up random msn accounts and infecting ur msn list.
**I've changed the email address in case this is phony.
What I want to know is if this is possible. I'm relatively computer literate but when it comes to IM I'm a dunce.

Nol 'VIRUS3S IN M3SENG3R???!?! WTF LOL' ly

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phenomenomenon
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Not sure, but I think people may be starting to use instant messenger programs to spread viruses. I got the following message while using AIM yesterday:

aim7765397: YO. Look at my new Profile. click on GET INFO!

I looked at their profile and there was a very large link saying CLICK HERE! Riiiiight. [Roll Eyes]

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Troodon
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I always assumed that those seemingly random IMs containing links were porn ads. Also, multi-threading makes no sense when used to describe a virus (except if they mean that the virus is optimized to make efficient use of your processor resources or something unlikely like that).
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Nolly
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quote:
Originally posted by Troodon makes the living tremble:
I always assumed that those seemingly random IMs containing links were porn ads.

About 4 years ago when I was new to PC's and didn't know what 'antivirus software' was [Roll Eyes] , I clicked a link in an email. It was to a porn site with the usual gajillion pop-ups. Well, my PC froze and I was forced to reboot. When it powered up again-Windows was gone! Everything...gone [Frown]

Nol 'For safe surfing, I use Norton™ brand prophylactics' ly [Razz]

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Joseph Z
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Well they did stop the MSN Messenger Service messages from popping on people's computers long ago when XP came out and about.

Maybe they are trying something different.

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