Yesterday I received an email from one of my friends, or so I thought, when I opened it - it read like one of those jokey round robins, asking if I
was fed up with substandard electrical stuff etc., finishing with "visit this website" and a link. As it was from a friend - I followed the link,
thinking it would be the punch-line.
The website is a business page offering all kinds of bargains in laptops, notebooks etc.,.. Still thinking it must be some kind of joke - I emailed a
reply to my friend asking if she had changed career.
She emailed straight back and advised me to do an immediate system restore. Apparently this is some kind of worm that reads/collects and uses email
addresses. She and her partner share the same email address, and he uses ebay a lot, so she thinks his account on there may have been hacked. I have
since run a virus/malware scan, and it had infected four areas of my PC - now clean and free again.
Hopefully it is just an advertising scam and has not done any lasting damage to my PC - but it is one to watch out for because it comes from genuine
In the 'subject' box it just said 'Dear friend ...', (and she is nutty enough to put that!) in the 'From' box it had my friend's genuine email
address, or I would not have opened it.