OK, I know this isn't a normal section, but the W32.Sober.X@mm virus is propagating like a digital rabbit and it's driving me (and everyone else) with an e-mail account crazy.
This is one of the fastest spreading viruses in a long time. It's clever - it uses subject lines like:
* Your IP was logged
* You visit illegal websites
* Your Password
* Registration Confirmation
* smtp mail failed
* Mail delivery failed
* hi, ive a new mail address
* Paris Hilton & Nicole Richie
The first two subject lines listed above have a "from" address of either @fbi.gov or CIA.gov. The body tells you that you've been on illegal websites and you need to fill out the attached questionnaire (or something to that effect).
The other e-mails are equally cleaver and try to trick people into running the .zip attachment to get their "password", "registration", "Paris Hilton", or whatever.
When you run the zip attachment, you'll get an error message and the virus will infect your computer. From there, it will start mass e-mailing every address it can find and attempt to manipulate your AV software.
For example, if Norton is installed, it tries to override the Live Update feature. Once in control, if Live Update is run, one of these message boxes will come up:
Thank you for using LiveUpdate. All of the Symantec products
and components are currently up-to-date.
Either way, that's the virus talking, not Live Update. Clever huh?
Finally, if you're still infected on Jan 5, 2006, the virus will attempt to download and run a malicious file that does who-knows-what to your computer.
So, if you haven't updated your virus definitions lately, now would be a good time.
If you suspect you're infected, Symantec has a handy removal tool at their website (along with more info on this worm):
Finally, remember the golden rule - NEVER EVER open an attachment that you're not expecting - especially if this attachment is in the form of a zip or exe file!! Oldest trick in the virus book and thousands, if not millions, are falling for it again. Don't be one of 'em :-)