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Microsoft Messenger Beta Version 8 is a Virus Hoax

December 29th, 2005

Microsoft Messenger Beta Version 8 is a Virus Hoax

MSN messenger v 7.5

F-Secure, a Finnish security firm is warning users not to install a leaked beta version of MSN Messenger version 8.  It is a hoax that is a variation of the Virkel instant messaging virus.

The virus uses MSN Messenger client to send the infection to the entire user’s contact list, then connects the user’s computer to a second “botnet” server which can be further used to install more unauthorized software on the machine, such as phishing, hijacking, or keylogger software.

At this time there is no MSN Messenger version 8 Beta being publicly distributed by Microsoft.  The unsuspecting victims install the BETA8WEBINSTALL.EXE that is being distributed by download links. 

The most current version that is available is MSN Messenger 7.5.  You can check the version you currently have by opening the MSN Messenger window and go to the Help pull down menu, then select About MSN Messenger.  This will display the current version that you have installed.  Do not install any software that prompts you otherwise.  It would be best to browse to the Microsoft website for the most current version and install directly from Microsoft’s website.

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