Friendgreetings E-Card

Threat description



In the end of October 2002 we started to receive reports from people who got suspicious e-mail messages.


Friendgreetings can be removed from the system by using the Add/Remove Programs applet at the Windows Control Panel. Uninstall both "Friend Greetings" and "WinSrv Reg".

Technical Details

These messages looked like this:

From:   To:   Subject:  you have an E-Card from .  Greetings!   has sent you an E-Card -- a virtual postcard from  You can pickup your E-Card at the by clicking on the link below.  h t t p://  Message:  ------------------------------------------------------------  ,  I sent you a greeting card. Please pick it up.    ------------------------------------------------------------  

In many cases the <sender's name> was missing from a message.

When a recipient clicked on the link, the Friend Greetings Setup software was downloaded and activated on his computer. That software package was created by Permissioned Media Inc. for advertising purposes. This company appears to be operating from Panama.

During installation the Setup program shows a disclaimer that the software would access a user's Microsoft Outlook address book to send a message to all e-mail addresses it contained.

If a user clicks 'Yes' button, installation continues and the software sends e-mails from a user's name to all his contacts.

If you've been hit by Friendgreetings and want to get rid of it, open up Control Panel and use the "Add/Remove Programs" option to uninstall applications "Friend Greetings" and "WinSrv Reg".

If you're a sysadmin and want to prevent your users from accessing Friendgreetings sites, you can block these web addresses at your firewalls:

List of known Friendgreeting sites (as of 8th of November 2002):  

If you think Friendgreetings is harmful and unethical, we suggest you complain directly to the company developing and marketing it, Permissioned Media Inc. They can be contacted at:

Support:  Sales  & Marketing:  Fax:  571-628-5535  Permissioned Media  Inc.  Sun Towers,  1st Floor, Office #39  Ave. Ricardo  J. Alfaro  Panama City, El  Dorado Zona 6  Panama  

F-Secure Anti-Virus detects Friendgreetings with the updates published on November 12th, 2002:

Detection Type: PC

Database: 2002-11-12_01

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