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- Subject: RE: New virus alert - HOAX
- From: Andrew Mole <Andrew.Mole(--nospam--at)arup.com>
- Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2001 22:04:47 -0000
As you can tell by the "shock horror" style, this is a hoax. It is a good idea to look up warnings like this on the internet before posting. Try http://vil.nai.com/vil/alphar.asp to search in the future before passing virus warnings on. For this particular hoax see http://vil.nai.com/vil/virusChar.asp?virus_k=98893.
Of course we should still all be vigilant. There is nothing stopping someone from creating a virus to match some of the characteristics of the hoaxes. There are, however, various steps that you can take to reduce your risk.
- Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date
- Save email attachments to the disk and virus-scan before opening.
- Switch the preview pane off in Outlook.
- Limit the use of Visual Basic Scripts by MS Outlook.
- Use other email products than Outlook to reduce your risk.
- Subscribe to a reliable email warning service.
Arup San Francisco
From: Mark Baker [mailto:shake4bake(--nospam--at)earthlink.net]
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 1:48 PM
Subject: New virus alert
You folks can hate me if this is a hoax, but if it's not I won't require you
to thank me.
> Subject: NEW - Bad Viruses
> > Virus Alert (This is not a joke)
> > A new virus has just been discovered that has been classified by
> > Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) and by McAfee (www.mcafee.com) as the
> > most
> > destructive ever! This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by
> > McAfee and no vaccine has yet been developed. This virus simply
> > destroys
> > Sector Zero from the hard disk, where vital information for its
> > functioning are stored. This virus acts in the following manner: It
> > sends itself automatically to all contacts on your list with the title
> > "A Virtual Card for You". As soon as the supposed virtual card is
> > opened, the computer freezes so that the user has to reboot. When the
> > ctrl+alt+del keys or the reset button are pressed, the virus destroys
> > Sector Zero, thus permanently destroying the hard disk.
> > Yesterday in just a few hours this virus caused panic in New York,
> > according to news broadcast by CNN (www.cnn.com). This alert was
> > received by an employee of Microsoft itself. So don't open any
> > mails with subject "A Virtual Card for You". As soon as you get the
> > mail, delete it. Please pass on this mail to all your friends. Forward
> > this to everyone in your address book. I would rather
> > receive this 25 times than not at all. Also: Intel announced that a
> > new
> > and very destructive virus was discovered recently. If you receive an
> > email called "An Internet Flower For You", do not open it. Delete it
> > right away! This virus removes all dynamic link libraries(.dll files)
> > from your computer.
> > Your computer will not be able to boot up.
> > SEND THIS TO EVERYONE ON YOUR CONTACT LIST!!
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