This is a special alert from The Funny/Alerts Newsletter. Here's a new variant of an Outlook-aware worm. If you are using the Preview Pane (separate window under the header information section) this worm will execute the second you click on it! Make sure that you are NOT using Preview Pane. When you only click once on an email it should just highlight (select). You shouldn't be able to read the email until you either double-click or hit the "Enter" key. This way you can delete or filter suspicious email without viewing it.
In Outlook, click on View > Preview Pane to toggle this function off and on. 

Trend Micro has issued a Yellow Alert for Worm_Frethem.K. - Detected with Pattern File 317.

W32.Frethem.K@mm, W32/Frethem.k@MM

This non-destructive, memory-resident variant of WORM_FRETHEM.D propagates via email. It arrives as an attachment with the following:

Subject: Re: Your password!
Message Body: You can access very important information by this password DO NOT SAVE password to disk use your mind now presscancel

On systems with unpatched IE, the file attachments automatically execute when this email message is previewed or opened in Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express.

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