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Exclusive (3/13/2001) Yes, it is true that opening a file attachment called "Naked Wife.exe" will embarrass you tremendously. But this e-mail warning contains more misinformation than facts.

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Received notice about this today--checked it out and its real

A new virus has been discovered call NAKED WIFE.EXE. IF YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH 'FW: NAKED WIFE.EXE' IN THE SUBJECT LINE DO NOT OPEN IT--DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY.

This worm posses as a Flash movie. When run, it sends itself to all recipients in the Windows Address Book and attempts to deletes all .BMP, .COM, .DLL, .EXE, and .INI files in the WINDOWS and WINDOWS\SYSTEM directories.

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Real? Yes. Accurate? Not quite.

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Naked Wife is a worm, not a virus. The two terms are frequently used interchangeably by the press, but they are distinct things. Worms exploit security holes in certain software (most notably Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and related applications) to collect information, replicate themselves and corrupt some files.

Plus, the message implies that opening the message will infect you. Viruses and worms are programs, they must be executed to have an effect. You can safely open the message, but don't open the file attachment (Naked Wife.exe).

For the specifics on this worm, see what Symantec has to say about it.

Naked Wife is indeed a threat, but the biggest threat comes if you open it at work and you suddenly have to explain to all your coworkers and bosses why you were looking at something called "Naked Wife" at work. As with all viruses and worms, the best and only way to protect yourself from infection is to install virus protection software and keep it updated. Relying on e-mail warnings is a poor and unreliable substitute. Break this Chain!

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