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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 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.

Andrew Mole
Arup San Francisco
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Baker [mailto:shake4bake(--nospam--at)earthlink.net]
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 1:48 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
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.

Regards,

Mark


>
> 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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