Last night while blazing through some unread emails (on my PC w/Vista) I carelessly opened the attachment in the above captioned scam email, which I now know to be pretty pervasive.
I believe the attachment had a .zip extension. A window popped up that looked like an advertisement for anit-virus or spyware. I quickly realized my mistake and closed the window and completely deleted the email.
I immediately ran a full scan of my computer on Internet Security and it detected and removed 1 virus. The virus was called 'packed.generic.265'. The removal details showed that there was a zip file (I think the one I opened). Within that was a file 'ups_invoice_nr10653.exe'. I don't think I ever opened an .exe file.
Internet Security stated that the threat was completely resolved.
I went on Norton chat and was eventually told that they would be happy to check, clean and optimize my PC for the low, low price of $140.00. Since this virus appears to be associated with ID fraud I am concerned but I don't want to spend those bucks when what I have already purchased (in my humble but possibly ignorant opinion) should in theory take care of it.
I have used the computer some since this happened and there are no issues (I haven't shut it down since, though). Can I be sure that I have completely removed this virus and all it's tentacles or is it possible that NIS could be missing something?