Kiss of Death mailserver error
Please do not worry. Kiss of Death is not a virus and will not
harm your system or your files. The Kiss of Death happens in
the POP3 (incoming) server when it detects a second copy of
the server running against the same mailbox. This can happen if
your last mail session was not disconnected properly or completely
or is connecting twice at the same time.
You can simply exit your mail client and the restart the whole
mail download process. This should clear the error. You might need
to re-enter your password at the prompt provided when you re-connect.
F-Secure: There is no virus by this name
However, we sometimes get queries about this, as some mail
clients (notably Netscape Mail) displays an error message like this:
The POP3 server responded:|
Received Kiss of Death
Please enter a new password
This means that the mailbox has been opened more than once concurrently.
This commonly occurs when, while in the process of downloading new
mail, a second request for new mail is made. The second request is
often made by mail reader software's "auto-check" feature. The is
especially true when your mail file is unusually large. This can
be avoided simply by setting the mail reader software to not
automatically check for mail.
This also may occur by manually checking for new mail while still
in the process of downloading mail from a previous request for new
mail -- For example, repeatedly clicking the "Get Mail" button.
Also, notably, when the Netscape Mail window is initially opened,
a single request is made to get all new mail. Clicking the "Get Mail"
button while this is first request is being processed causes the
mailbox to be opened a second time. Viola! The "Kiss of Death."
We have also noticed that this may occur when a big mail is
coming in and has not completely been stored in your mailbox while
you are downloading your emails.
In a nutshell
Disable your mail reader's "auto-check" feature,
make a single request to get new mail,
wait for the process to complete, and
avoid very large mail attachments.