[24hoursupport] Re: Fw: VIRUS ALERT! HOAX

  • From: "Ron Allen" <chizotz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 13:53:29 -0500

 

On Tue, 25 Feb 2003 11:34:03 -0500
  "Jerry" <Postcards1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>  
>I should have checked b4 I sent this 


Hi Jerry,

You should regard every single virus warning you receive 
via email as a hoax until proven otherwise. The vast, vast 
majority of the time, it will indeed turn out to be a 
hoax.

These kinds of emails are a kind of virus in themselves, 
and by passing the information on to others, even though 
your intentions are good, you help spread the "virus" of 
the hoax. In some cases this can be really harmful, if, 
for example, the information you pass on entices anyone to 
delete needed system files or take some other harmful 
action.

Never take any action (including passing the warning on) 
based solely on virus warnings you receive by email, and 
always check them out at one or more well-known virus 
sites before looking at them with anything but skepticism.

Typical signs of a hoax are instructions to "pass this on 
to everyone you know!" or similar, the claim that 
anti-virus software can not detect or clean the virus the 
warning is supposedly about, and frequently there are 
official-sounding references to major web sites that are 
used to try to lend an air of authority to the message.

The particular hoax you got taken in by has been going 
around the net for quite awhile now, but don't feel too 
bad. I doubt there's anyone on this list who hasn't fallen 
for that kind of hoax at least once. I fell for one too, 
years back :)

Ron
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