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Title: RE: New virus alert - HOAX

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 to search in the future before passing virus  warnings on. For this particular hoax see

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.

Andrew Mole
Arup San Francisco

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Baker [mailto:shake4bake(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 1:48 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
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 ( and by McAfee ( 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 ( 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.
> >
> >
> >

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