Symantec Issues Additional Trojan.Peacomm Alert – Rapidly Growing Threat

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  • Written on: April 13th, 2007

I received an email this morning from Symantec advising me that they are monitoring a rapidly growing Trojan virus threat on the Internet today. The Trojan.Peacomm virus has been featured on the Schrock Innovations Virus Alert Page for almost a month as a threat to be aware of. Learn how to protect yourself from this virus here.

It appears that starting yesterday there was a sudden and dramatic increase in the amount of spam email that was being sent to unsuspecting computer users. The emails have an attached .zip file that will clear through most email scanners because the .zip file itself is not a virus. However, once decompressed, the files within the .zip file contain the Peacomm virus.

If you receive an email – even from someone you trust – that contains a .zip file, think twice before opening it. Ask yourself if there is any reason this person would have sent me a compressed file out of the blue? If you do decide to open the .zip file, double check that your antivirus is up to date and working properly.

If you do not have antivirus, you can get six months of Norton Antivirus 2005 at no cost by installing the Google Pack. There is a button in the sidebar to the right that says “Get Essential Free Software with the Google Pack.” Click the button and follow the directions to install the free software.

Note that the free Norton is only compatible with Windows XP and you must not have an expired copy of Norton on your computer already.

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