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'Here You Have' virus hits e-mail inboxes

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Lured in by the promise of free adult movies, guileless e-mailers are falling prey to the "Here You Have" virus.

The virus spreads through shared networks and e-mail address books and has attacked large corporations, such as Disney.

The malware worm disguises itself as a link to a Web site that offers free movies. The words "Here You Have" or "Just For You" appear in the subject line of the email. Users click on the link and it asks them to download a .pdf file. That file takes over the computer and seems to mine the computer for security information.

It has spread so rapidly the Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team has sent out an alert advising computer users to brush up on their safety skills.

The advice is simple enough: Install antivirus software and do not click on links in e-mails sent from people you do not know. And don't watch Internet porn, creep-o.

(Okay, that last bit of advice came from me.)

By Melissa Bell  | September 10, 2010; 2:47 PM ET
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