Virus Disguised as XP Update? Or not? [en]

I got an e-mail about an XP update, apparently from Microsoft. I’m wondering if it is for real (I don’t run XP) or if it is a virus in disguise.

Here is an e-mail I got this morning from [email protected]:

Window Update has determined that you are running a beta version of Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1). To help improve the stability of your computer, Microsoft recommends that you remove the beta version of Windows XP SP1 and re-install Windows XP SP1. If you cannot remove the beta version, you should still reinstall Windows XP SP1.

Windows XP SP1 provides the latest security, reliability, and performance updates to the Windows XP family of operating systems. Windows XP SP1 is designed to ensure Windows XP platform compatibility with newly released software and hardware, and includes updates to resolve issues discovered by customers or by Microsoft’s internal testing team.

The maximum download size is approximately 3 MB, however the size of the download and time required may be less for computers that have had updates previously installed.

To minimize the download time needed for installation, setup will only download those files which are required to bring your computer up to date. Windows XP SP1 includes Internet Explorer 6 SP1. Anti-virus software programs may interfere with the installation of Windows XP SP1. Please disable anti-virus software while installing the service pack.

Just run the file winxp_sp1.exe in attach and make sure to restart your PC after installation will be completed.

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I don’t run Windows XP.

Being suspicious in nature (yes, about certain things), I can’t help but think that this is a pretty cleverly disguised virus. I might be wrong, though. Does Microsoft send out this kind of e-mail?

If you have similar experiences to share or an opinion on the subject, I’d love to hear from you.

9 thoughts on “Virus Disguised as XP Update? Or not? [en]

  1. Most likely a fake (and prolly a virus, too).
    I clearly don’t think MS would mail such thing to its clients.
    Delete accordingly.

  2. You seem to think like me. What I find frightening is how “real” the e-mail looks. Seems to me the chances an unexperienced user with XP would install the attachment are pretty high.

  3. Microsoft never send any email for windows update. It is better to remove immediately such emails. as any emails from unknown people with objects differents from images.

  4. Il est très simple de changer l’adresse d’expéditeur d’un mail. C’est navrant, mais c’est comme cela. Ce n’est pas un bug, c’est un fonction.

  5. ça c’est clair, et tous les utilisateurs un peu avertis (moi y compris!) le savent depuis belle lurette.

    Disons que ce que je voulais dire, c’est que je ne blâmerais pas l’utilisateur un peu néophyte qui tomberait dans le panneau — il fait assez “sérieux”, leur faux e-mail Microsoft!

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