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The virus is called "Share Fun" and is transmitted via e-mails with the
subject of "You have GOT to read this!".
However, it is not the message itself which causes the virus (such a thing is technically unfeasible) but the attached Word document.
It is, as you might now have gathered, a new Word Macro virus.
The mechanism used to transmit the virus is Microsoft Mail.
Here is how it works:-
What to do:
If you have customised your NORMAL.DOT the best course of action is to make a copy
called NORMAL.BAK and keep it safe to rename to NORMAL.DOT if required following an
* This internet warning was brought to you by "The Great Brit"
THE AOL4FREE HOAX AND THE AOL4FREE.COM TROJAN HORSE
1.The distribution of an AOL4FREE hoax message, which was spread via email and usenet
2.The distribution of a genuine AOL4FREE.COM trojan horse program which was spread a few weeks later.
THE HOAX MESSAGE
Like other hoaxes it is important to point out that a user cannot be infected or damaged simply by the subject line of an email. An executable attachment to an email will not 'run' automatically. Like other hoaxes this message should not be taken at face value. An article all about virus hoaxes can be read at our website: http://www.drsolomon.com/vircen/hoax.html
THE AOL4FREE.COM TROJAN HORSE
A Trojan Horse is a program that deliberately does unpleasant things, as well as (or instead of) its declared function. They are not capable of spreading themselves and rely on users copying them. Because trojan horses do not replicate they are not viruses and are not frequently encountered.
It seems highly likely that this trojan horse was written as a response to the original hoax warning in an attempt to confuse computer users.
Please note: it does not attack users via use of the subject line of the email. The only way users can be damaged by this trojan is (like any other trojan) if they decide to run it.
We do not believe this trojan horse is particularly common.
We have an extra driver available to add detection of this trojan horse to Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit. To download this free driver, go to http://www.drsolomon.com/vircen/aol4free.html