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Re: Character(s) Malware

Unread postby chryssi2001 » August 15th, 2008, 10:52 am

Yes i've send you a pm, and the email is legimate.
You shouldn't reply to that email.... It was an email notifying you that you have a pm here, so you log in to read it.

Yes the email looks fine.
No need to follow any instructions, since this problem is resolved.

So now tell me how the strange characters do show properly now as:
No virus found in this incoming message.
Checked by AVG - http://www.avg.com
Version: 8.0.138 / Virus Database: 270.6.3/1612 - Release Date: 8/14/2008 6:03 PM


I really want to know. Did you change your email settings to Plain text, or did you fix something else? This thread is going for sometime now, and i am happy the problem is resolved at last, but i would like to know how it was fixed.

Don't go yet, we have some finishing work to do if everything is ok now. ;)
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Re: Character(s) Malware

Unread postby bottoson » August 15th, 2008, 1:00 pm

Yes I changed the email settings to Plain Text

In Plain Text setting I can't see the strange characters any longer.
Changed only the Plain Text setting.

The Joke: I have never seen it except as an email which I located thanks to your directions.

Here is the complete email as an attachment: full email.gif

I am not sure I understand what you mean when you say in your instructions I need to delete all of my received emails except one. Is it acceptable to move them to a created folder away from the inbox? Also, if I delete my deleted folder the Joke emails will be deleted. I don't have a problem with that but if you want to examine them later they will not be available. Eliminating my inbox emails creates a real problem for me so I hope you will let me move them to a newly created folder. Let me know your instructions on these questions.

I am going to send this series of actions now, continue your requests and send them in a following post.

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No virus found in this incoming message.
Checked by AVG - http://www.avg.com
Version: 8.0.138 / Virus Database: 270.5.1/1559 - Release Date: 7/17/2008 6:08 PM

There were also two attachments:

IMSTP.gif (8.86kb) and ATT00011.htm (5.12kb)

As far as I know these were not opened.

The files (there are two of them... duplicates sent at different times) are now in the deleted folder of OE

I did not make any changes in AVG

Back to the joke.

I did not send a joke like this.
I did receive this joke twice as noted above
The joke was received July 17, 2008, 2:12pm
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
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Re: Character(s) Malware

Unread postby chryssi2001 » August 15th, 2008, 1:32 pm

Hello Bottoson,

All those instructions in my latest post were to remove the text showing at the bottom of the emails before i knew what was it.
So they are not needed. Do not follow them as i posted today.

I am not sure I understand what you mean when you say in your instructions I need to delete all of my received emails except one. Is it acceptable to move them to a created folder away from the inbox? Also, if I delete my deleted folder the Joke emails will be deleted. I don't have a problem with that but if you want to examine them later they will not be available. Eliminating my inbox emails creates a real problem for me so I hope you will let me move them to a newly created folder. Let me know your instructions on these questions.


Delete all your received emails but one.
Empty Deleted Items Folder.

This was a part of my instructions. I posted to Empty Deleted Items Folder and not remove it. That was to remove all emails with the text characters.
The joke is a spam, so you have to remove it, untill you get a spam filter.

So you received all the joke?
This joke looks like a spam. Did someone you know send it to you? I don't believe so.
(I get spam from a lot of people whos' pcs' unknowingly send spam due to infections.)

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These lines shows it. Move them to your deleted emails folder and Empty it or delete just those with the joke.
You need to activate a spam filter on your OE, or add the senders email address to the junk folder.

I see no more problems now.

You are clean.

Let me know if you need something else.

This is the end of our thread.
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Re: Character(s) Malware

Unread postby bottoson » August 15th, 2008, 2:14 pm

I am sorry to tell you this but nothing has changed.

The reason the characters are gone in the emails is because I changed the setting in OE.

Tools
Options
Read
Read all messages in Plain Text

From the beginning I have said the characters are in html messages and not text only emails.

I will delete the two emails with the joke that are now in my deleted folder.

I hope we can continue until we get rid of this thing. I would like to proceed with removing AVG and reinstalling it to see if it makes a difference. You may also have additional suggestions and instructions.

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Re: Character(s) Malware

Unread postby bottoson » August 15th, 2008, 2:29 pm

I need to clarify again:

I have two filters for virus'

One level is with my router service. It is McAfee

The second level is AVG on my computer.

Would you like me to send you the two files that were in the Joke email? They are:

IMSTP.gif (8.86kb) and

ATT00011.htm (5.12kb)

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Re: Character(s) Malware

Unread postby chryssi2001 » August 15th, 2008, 2:34 pm

No, the joke emails are spam, i saw the one you posted here.
You have to add the senders address in your spam filter, to enable it work. At first as usually they do not work, but then they send all emails from the sender added, in the spam folder.

OE settings have to be in Plain text and not HTML.

Since you use Plain text it's ok.
I see no harm.

Why do you want HTML settings in your email? Any special reason?

If you want to keep OE with HTML settings, except from uninstalling re-installing your AVG Anti-virus i can't see any other way to solve this.
Since this is not a malware issue, i would suggest you post at AVG Anti-virus site, and let them know your problem.
http://freeforum.avg.com/

They may have a way to change AVG AV settings to read also HTML.
You can change also change AVG8 setting for email from default to custom, so it will not show that text that it scanned the email.
Read this from this site: http://grandstreamdreams.blogspot.com/2008/04/taming-avg-free-version-8.html
Email Scanner: Here you can set up how AVG interacts with your email application. I use Thunderbird and AVG Free 8 integrated perfectly with it. I have the settings configured here to check both incoming and outgoing emails, but to not "certify" the mail. (That means it adds extra text to your emails indicating the message/contents have been pre-scanned.) Some recipients might like seeing that, but I don't trust such messages and would res-can anyway. You can go with the default message for viruses found in emails, or change to a custom one. You can set the scanning properties here to use heuristics, for PUPs and spyware, and look inside emailed archive files. (I've enabled all these.) Finally you can optionally have AVG Free 8 report to you if passworded attachments are found, files with macros are found, files with hidden extensions are found (I've enabled this) and move any reported attachments to the Virus Vault. Under the Certification window, you can modify the message attached to your emails if this option is enabled. Finally, under Mail Filtering, you can set AVG to strip out email attachments, or do so for just executable files and/or documents. Finally you can filter out files with specific extensions.
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Re: Character(s) Malware

Unread postby Gary R » August 16th, 2008, 11:09 am

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Re: Character(s) Malware

Unread postby ChrisRLG » August 21st, 2008, 5:17 pm

re opened by user request.
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Re: Character(s) Malware

Unread postby NonSuch » August 26th, 2008, 3:47 am

Due to lack of response, this topic is now closed.

If you still require help, please open a new thread in the Infected? Virus, malware, adware, ransomware, oh my! forum, include a fresh FRST log, and wait for a new helper.
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