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Microsoft Security Essentials Virus Email

Microsoft Security Essentials Virus Email

Please be aware of an email that is doing the rounds claiming to be an update from Microsoft Security Essentials.

A copy of the email is below, it has a zip file attached to it with a .exe file inside, if you open the zip file and run the .exe file it will infect your computer. The email is titled “Microsoft Security Essentials: Important System Update – requires immediate action” and the attachment is called “HOTFIX-Patch9DCACEBC9FD890565”, however the name of the attachment and title may vary from email to email.

The rule of thumb is never open attachments in emails from anyone you do not know even if you recognise the company name. It is far better to visit websites such as Microsoft directly for updates.

Microsoft give advice on their website here

You can get updates for your Microsoft security products here

Please share this important info.

Copy of fake email below.

Scam Email Alert