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Warning: Security related E-Mail Hoax stating that network is infected.

Microsoft has recently become aware of an email hoax that begins like the following:

"Starting 18/10/2009 the ‘Conficker’ worm began infecting Microsoft customers unusually rapidly. Microsoft has been advised by your Internet provider that your network is infected..."


This is not a legitimate communication from Microsoft and the link within that communication points users to a 'rogue' security program.  These rogue programs generate misleading alerts and false detections of malicious code to convince users to purchase the illegitimate security software.  Some rogues may display product names or logos in an apparent unlawful attempt to impersonate Microsoft products or other legitimate software applications.


If you believe your machine has become infected, we encourage you to use the Windows Live OneCare Safety scanner to check your PC for malware and to help remove them from your system.  In addition, we encourage you to submit any other suspicious files to the MMPC team for analysis.

If you do not have an antivirus/antispyware software on your machine, you download Microsoft Security Essentials or choose from a list of other software providers:  Windows 7 security software providers, Windows Vista security software providers, Windows XP security software providers.


You can also find out how to get free virus-related assistance from Microsoft here: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/support/default.mspx.


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