Adobe Software Upgrade Notification email Virus

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Adobe Software Upgrade Notification email Virus

I get dozens of fake, scam, virus/Trojan Horse emails in my inbox every week but this one was new and slightly creative:

From: Adobe Update Notification

Subject: Adobe Software Upgrade Notification ID: SPOL5PX4F5

Hello Dear,

Adobe is pleased to announce new version upgrades for Adobe Acrobat Reader
Advanced features include:

- Collaborate across borders
- Create rich, polished PDF files from any application that prints
- Ensure visual fidelity
- Encrypt and share PDF files more securely
- Use the standard for document archival and exchange

To upgrade and enhance your work productivity today please open attached file.

Copyright 2011 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.
TrackNum: 4DVS9X-6768950

Adobe Systems Incorporated,
Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:58:58 +0100

Attachment: Adobe-Software-Update-PBB87161998.ZIP


The big giveaway here is the "Hello Dear" .. I have learned that certain cultures or people from certain countries where English is not the native language over use the term "Dear" - No communication from any company in the United States would EVER start with "Hello Dear".. You would think these idiots would get a proofreader that speaks native English!

The second giveaway that this email is bad-news is the attachment, Adobe-Software-Update-PBB87161998.ZIP  which contains the .EXE file AdobeSoftwareUpdate-20111130.EXE (probably changes based on todays' date)..  Sadly, thousands of computer users are tricked by this every day - so here is the lesson:  NO reputable company will EVER send a software update via email!  NEVER, ever, ever, ever open an attachment that you aren't expecting - and NEVER open/run .EXE files from unknown/untrusted sources!   Too bad people only seem to learn this the hard way.

If you get this email, or anything similar, delete it.




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Re: Adobe Software Upgrade Notification email Virus
I have gotten in this email almost regularly for the past 2 weeks.

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