Beware of malware disguised as holiday greetings

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) recently noted the inevitable increase in holiday-themed viruses and worms.


There’s not much new about this malware: You get an e-mail or instant message that promises a greeting, holiday image, or music.


If you click the message, your computer gets infected with the malware which can easily spread to all of your contacts.


Remember, take these five steps to help prevent any kind of malware:


  1. Use a firewall.

  2. Update your operating system.

  3. Use antivirus software and keep it updated.

  4. Use antispyware software and keep it updated.

  5. Approach links in e-mail, on social networking sites, or in IMs with caution.

To read more about holiday malware, see Merry Malware – You’d better watch out, you’d better think twice and O Come All Ye Malware or check out the entry in our virus encyclopedia.


About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »