security risk or a "backdoor" program

Posted on 2004-04-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-11
I recived an E mail that said security risk or a "backdoor" program!
Some hellp please!
Question by:The_Beeman
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Hi The_Beeman,

A little more information would be helpful...
what kind of e-mail, was it a warning?
Did your virusscanner react?
Something else?



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As a general rule don't open e-mails posing as an alert from a virus company etc since they will never actually e-mail you.

As it says a "backdoor" it most likely is posing as a solution to your computers "supposed" weakness. My advice is not to open the e-mail and in fact actually delete it. If you are concerned about your computer's security get zone alarm personal addition for free and also a reputable antivirus software.



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It sounds like spam. I get ads like that all the time. But yeah - just because you're paranoid, that doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :)

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bloemkool1980 You never know what are you gona get!

this is the masage:
A virus was found in an Email message you sent.
This Email scanner intercepted it and stopped the entire message
reaching its destination.
The virus was reported to be:
is a security risk or a "backdoor" program
Please update your virus scanner or contact your IT support
personnel as soon as possible as you have a virus on your system.
Your message was sent with the following envelope:
... and with the following headers:
Received: from unknown (HELO (
  by with SMTP; 7 Apr 2004 07:34:30 -0000
Subject: Re: Excel file
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2004 09:32:57 +0200
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/mixed;
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal""""""

By the way I do not have a virus scaner (cool ha,or dum). I think that I did send an email to this address. Some sugestiones! What about that zone alarm?

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malir earned 20 total points
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well, that could be a fake IP/address(if he/she is using proxy).in that case he/she is safe  if you don't know how to trace back.

The first rule, never open any email that you don't recognize, or open it at your own risk.

Possible soltions: if you are using client mail such as hotmail/yahoo. incease the level of junk mail filter settings to Exclusive, and block the above given IP/mail address in your junk mail, or block all and only unblock those email address that you recognize.

to be at safe side, Run the virus scanner , just to check whether you got infected by virus or not.

Have fun.

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rossfingal earned 20 total points
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Yes, get an anti-virus program, AVG from is free.
Also, a firewall - Outpost from Aginitum is free - Zonealarm is good.
Get Adaware from, because of all the adware/spyware/browser-hijacking going on, they're updating about once
a week or so. Make sure you have the latest update and follow the directions for running it the first time - posted on their

Good luck!
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LucF earned 20 total points
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Please don't worry about those mails:

It's a spoofed e-mail which seems to be comming from your e-mailaddres, but in fact, you can be pretty sure you are clean if your virusscanner is up-to-date. The recieving machine isn't aware that it's a spoofed e-mail, so you get the respond mail that you might be infected, which is bull....


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Ok I think I got it. But for the second time I do not have a virus scaner and I dont want one. thenks for your help

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