Here you Have Virus Email: How to Prevent and Remove Infection

By Posted 10 Sep 2010, 10:52

You may have heard recently that a new virus threat is currently spreading like wild fire through user’s email accounts. It is called the ‘Here you Have’ virus and we have a few tips on how you can prevent getting infected.

According to virus experts McAfee, the virus first originated on Thursday, and operates by sending emails from the infected user’s contact book, meaning that every single person in their address book gets the same message.

The message in the email starts off with ”Here you have”, but also varies with “Just for you”. The email asks users to view a PDF document file and to check it as soon as possible.

However if you click the file, you’ll find out that it isn’t actually a document, but rather an extension the ending .scr attached to it. The virus then installs a program on your computer which can be identified as CSRSS.EXE. This program will then execute a series of dangerous tasks, which include emailing your contact list, downloading files off the internet and it even tries to delete any security software that you may have installed.

Prevention

Luckily, there is a way to prevent this from spreading further. If you have security software from the likes of Norton and McAfee, you should update your virus definitions asap, since their updated definitions will be able to identify the virus. You should also not click any links that you may receive in an email, even if it is from a friend or member of family. If you don’t have Norton or Mcafee, there is some free software from Microsoft here, which will also help to protect against this particular virus.

Removal

If you think you have been infected by the ‘Here you have Virus’, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a simple solution to get your machine running as normal. Firstly, you should disconnect your computer from the internet immediately. Then you should install the newest Antivirus onto a removable drive (Norton, Mcafee or even AVG), then use the software to remove the virus or any other harmful files that may be active on your computer.

Have you seen this virus in your email box? If so, go through the steps mentioned above and let us know you get on.

Source: PC World