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    Administrator Help2Go Administrator Canuck's Avatar
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    May 2003
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    Exclamation F1 Key Virus Alert

    It appears that there is a virus going around on Internet Explorer. A window will ask you to click the F1 key .. this will activate a virus .. until a patch comes out for this, it's advised if you get the massage to either X the window to close or shut down IE .. do not click the F1 key; more here from Microsoft Microsoft Security Advisory (981169): Vulnerability in VBScript Could Allow Remote Code Execution

    Note: the vulnerability cannot be exploited on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008

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    Member Spyware Fighter DonnaB's Avatar
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    Apr 2009
    Illiana, Ill. USA


    Yesterday I found this while googling to find the full purpose of the F1 key.
    In the case of an attack, a victim using Windows 2000, XP, or Server 2003 would only need to visit a malicious web site where a dialog box would be presented, enticing users to press their F1 key. Once the key is pressed, the system is hijacked and malware is installed on the computer. (Source:
    I was going to post it here, but, I let it slip my mind!

    Shame on me!
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