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The Love Bug

The Love Bug Virus turns 15 this year…

Introduced in May 2000, the bug was attached to an email message.  Although the attachment had a .TXT extension – seemingly harmless – its real filename was actually LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs, which was a Visual Basic Script (VBS) program.  The LOVE BUG not only created damage by spreading, but also tried to download and install a password stealing program.

Viruses have been around since the dawn of computers.  We now have Adware, Spyware, and Malware to be aware of as well.

Other common file attachments center around fake invoices, bogus courier deliveries, and news items related to your field of interest.

We are curious by nature…

Number one rule:  Have good security in place on your computer – Antivirus, Firewall, and Antimalware protection.

Number two rule:  Never open an attachment if you are not sure of the source and trust that they have good computer security in place.  Better yet, save the attachment to a temporary directory, and scan it with your Antivirus program BEFORE opening it.  Most Antivirus programs are now set to scan incoming email for viruses, but the authors are sneaky….and good at what they do.  Also, be sure your computer is set to show file extensions (this can be done in Control Panel ->Folder Options-> View – uncheck the box Hide extensions for known file types).

Number three rule:  Have a backup…and preferably a backup for you backup 🙂

Be safe out there…



The Computer Man       …have tools…will travel….