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pinejoss
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Your Country : United States

PostSubject: email about a new computer virus - possible hoax -   Thu 5 May 2011 - 3:17

Two subject lines to be aware of :
Please inform everyone you know

1. Emails with pictures of Osama Bin Laden hanged are being sent and the moment you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to fix it.
If you get an email along the lines of osama bin laden or osama hanged do not open the attachment.
This email is being sent throughout the world but mainly in the US and Israel.

2. YOu should be alert during the next few days
Dont open any message with an attached file called " invitation" regardless of who sent it to you
It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which burns the whole hard disk C of your computer.

This virus will be recieved from someone that has your email address in his/her contact list that is why you should send a copy of this to all of your contacts.
It is better to read this 25 times than to recieve this virus in the mail
This is the worst virus that was reported by CNN it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.

This virus was descovered by McAfee yesterday and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus
This virus simply destroys the Zero sector of the Hard disk where other vital information is kept.

Please pass this on to everyone you know.


Last edited by Helen on Thu 5 May 2011 - 17:33; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : sort out script x)
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pinejoss
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Your Country : United States

PostSubject: Re: email about a new computer virus - possible hoax -   Thu 5 May 2011 - 3:26

Sorry about all of the added garbage at the begining of the post. I tryed to copy and paste the email I got from a friend in Australia so everyone could read it. And this is the way it turned out. But wanted to pass this to all of my friends in here. Would hate to see anyone end up looseing their computer over this virus. Dont know if its true or not but now days why take the risk..
Helen if you could fix this post would appriciate it greatly!!!! Thanks
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Helen
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Your Country : Wales

PostSubject: Re: email about a new computer virus - possible hoax -   Thu 5 May 2011 - 15:48

Thank you pj xx


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Love, light and blessings hearts

There are NO coincidences in this life.......
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pluralone
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Your Country : United States

PostSubject: Re: email about a new computer virus - possible hoax -   Thu 5 May 2011 - 17:44

Well the good news is, the email you received, PJ, is itself a hoax. It originated in 2006, and is simply being recirculated now. It hasn't even been updated; it uses the same wording as was used back then.

If the information had been true, the virus would be listed on the McAfee web site, as well as the CNN web site. Actually, it is listed on McAfee's site -- under the heading, "Virus Hoaxes". Many other credible sites list this as a hoax as well.

The truth regarding this matter is that yes, there are some emails going around promising to show folks pictures of Bin Laden's body. Opening these emails will not destroy your computer; opening attachments in emails can, however, expose your computer to a virus. Also clicking on links that are embedded in the text of an email can lead to a web site that will attach malware to your computer. It's just good prevention to never open attachments in emails unless you know what they contain and trust the person who sent them. It's also good prevention to never click on a link in an email.

Again: Just opening an email will not infect your computer. Even if the email contains attachments or links that carry virus or malware code, the virus cannot infect your computer unless you open the attachments or click on the links.

A huge percentage of the "warning" style forwarded emails out there contain misinformation, if not out-and-out lies. It's really easy to fact check these messages before passing them on and scaring everyone in your address book: Just copy a key phrase from the email, paste it - in quotations - into a search engine (like Google), and add the words "snopes, urban, hoax", without the quotation marks, and then hit 'search'. If the information is a hoax, it'll show up as such in the search results. Then you can let the person who sent it to you know that it was a hoax, and perhaps they will then send a correction to the folks they sent it to.


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always quick to dismiss any doubts about my sanity.
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