A computer virus has been circulating as a “Greeting Card” email message. The message title contains the words “Greeting Card”, “E-Greeting”, “Christmas Card”, “Online Greeting”, “Greeting for you” or some variance thereof. When the link is followed to view the greeting card, the computer then becomes infected with a virus or trojan (see below for more about what this is) by running ecard.exe.
Please don’t click on any links one of these emails. Especially if you do not know the person that supposedly sent you the greeting card. Once again, if you receive an email that meets the above criteria, please delete it.
As a matter of principle, I don’t believe in sending E-Cards as they (the companies that provide the e-greeting service) can be used to collect and sell “valid” email addresses to other companies. Please take a look at my 9 Tips to Less Spam post for more info on how to avoid getting spam like this.
Symantec has some info on how to cleanup the trojan. Basically disable system restore, update your virus definitions, do a full virus scan, and cleanup the registry.
A trojan is a malicious program that collects information about your Internet activity and send that info to other websites where the information is collected. Some are very sneaky and collect keystrokes, password and bank login information. Bottom line is, don’t get a trojan.