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In order for many virus programs to run, you have to click on the attachment and launch it. As no user will knowingly launch a malicious program, the people who write these things dress up their wolf in sheep's clothing. You can protect yourself by asking a few simple questions.
Did I request this file?
Any attachment that you have not specifically requested should be considered with deep suspicion.
Does the accompanying message match the sender's usual writing style?
Most viruses will 'spoof' the sender field, filling it with valid email addresses found on the host computer. Usually people will notice that the message acompanying the virus doesn't have the same tone as their usual correspondence from that person.
Do I feel rushed or upset after reading the accompanying message?
Messages accompanying viruses will attempt to manufacture a sense of urgency. Requiring action before a deadline, threatening withdrawal of essential services or making false accusations are all tactics used to distract readers from the general illogic of the email's central request.
Do I feel uneasy?
Trust your gut and trash it.
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