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What is it? SirCam, also known as the
"How Are You" virus, arrives on your computer as an
attachment to an email. It's actually classified as a
"worm," which means that it is a self-contained computer
program that doesn't depend on any other programs in the computer to
do its thing. It affects computers running Microsoft Windows.
What does the SirCam virus do?
It randomly selects files from the "My Documents" folder and begins emailing them as
attachments to people in your address book and any email address it
finds among your temporary (cached) Internet files. Each of the
attachments it sends is infected with the virus so anyone who opens
the attachments becomes infected as well.
This virus includes it's
own email program so it sends the messages to other computers without
any evidence of it in your email software.
Additionally, there are reports that the virus may be programmed to
delete files on your computer on October 16, 2001
How do I know if I have it?
The most reliable way is to check for the presence of the files that
the virus has installed.
If there is a file named SCam32.exe in your Windows system directory,
you've got the virus.
If there is a file named SCam32.exe in your recycle bin, you've got
If there is a file named RUN32.exe in your Windows directory, you've
got the virus.
Everybody Should Check For The Virus TruthOrFiction.com is recommending that readers should check each
of their computers for the virus. It has affected hundreds of
thousands of computers and many computer owners don't realize it is
there. Not only can it create embarrassment because of sending
your personal files to other people, it could wipe out all of the
files on your computer later this year.
We've received several emails from readers whose virus protection
software didn't find the virus even though the computer had been
How it Arrives You won't see the name "sircam" if you receive the virus, however. The
virus will send you a email from someone who has your email address
in their computer. If you open the attachment, you'll get
the virus. If you don't open the attachment, you're okay. The wording in the subject line will
vary, but there will be an attachment and the body of the message
may say something like:
Hi! How are you?
...I send you this file in order to have your advice.
...I hope you can help me with this file that I send.
... I hope you like the file that I send to you.
...This is the file with the information that you ask for See
you later. Thanks.
There are also Spanish versions of the virus.
How do I clean the virus from my computer?
If you have virus protection software, make sure the virus
definitions are up to date and use the procedure the software
recommends for searching your computer and ridding it of viruses. If you don't have virus protection software, TruthOrFiction.com
strongly recommends that you get it and then use it to clean your
Don't merely delete the files that are described above.
There is more to cleaning the virus than just deleting the files.
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