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Old 10-10-2008
middletom
 

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microsoft updates
I've been told that Microsoft does not send email notifications of updates.
Any such emails are viruses. However, I've received update emails perported
to be from Microsoft and I have downloaded them. Was I wrong to do that or
have I been misinformed as to them being viruses?
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Old 10-11-2008
TaurArian
 

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Re: microsoft updates
FYI - Microsoft NEVER sends Email with attachments.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...atch_hoax.mspx

If you want to know about forthcoming updates see:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/current.aspx

If you have subscribed to any MS Advisory Notifications you would get
something like:

"Title: Microsoft Security Advisory Notification
Issued: October 9, 2008
************************************************** ******************

Security Advisories Updated or Released Today
==============================================

* Microsoft Security Advisory (951306)
- Title: Vulnerability in Windows Could Allow
Elevation of Privilege
- http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...ry/951306.mspx
- Revision Note: October 9, 2008: Added information regarding
the public availability of exploit code.


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"middletom" <middletom@msn.com> wrote in message
news:2B8F0AA6-0371-4337-BBE9-BC5471455472@microsoft.com...
> I've been told that Microsoft does not send email notifications of
> updates.
> Any such emails are viruses. However, I've received update emails
> perported
> to be from Microsoft and I have downloaded them. Was I wrong to do that or
> have I been misinformed as to them being viruses?
> --
> silverstrike



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