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 For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.