It won’t go away. That other OS fools its users about the identification of files causing what looks like text or other innocent files to be executable… If ever there was a flaw in the design of an OS this is it. Use Debian GNU/Linux, which actually examines the file to determine its type. The latest malware exploiting this “feature” of that other OS romps through Vista and “7”. Use Debian GNU/Linux, a real OS, working for the end-user and not criminals.
This kind of problem has been around since the early days when that other OS invented the idea of identifying file types bye the “extension” of the file name. This was instantly open to abuse and new vulnerabilities arose each time more file-types appeared and the web included them as e-mail attachments. One of the horrible features of that other OS was that the file-manager actually hid the file-name extensions to avoid burdening users with that information so they could see something.jpg when the file was actually something.jpg.exe… Every coat of paint M$ applies to make this OS beautiful just creates more cracks.
The result of all this is users of that other OS are actually afraid to use their computers, afraid to use e-mail and afraid to click on any attachment. How sad they have a slave master who enjoys torturing users.
UPDATE For an example of totally useless advice on avoiding e-mail viruses read “I’m Afraid I’ll Get a Virus”
Chuckle. We know a high percentage of PCs running that other OS are infected. What happens when someone you know sends you an e-mail with an attachment you think contains his favourite recipe for clam chowder … ? Be afraid. Be very afraid… or use Debian GNU/Linux and enjoy the experience.