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#65432 - 05/03/06 03:39 AM ****VIRUS WARNING*****  
Trumpy  Offline


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SI,New Zealand
Just had a rather worrying e-mail:

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READ AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:

Get this sent around to your contacts ASAP...we don't need this spreading around.....
PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS:

You should be alert during the next days:
Do not open any message with an attached filed called "Invitation" regardless of who sent it .
It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which "burns" the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
If you receive a mail called "invitation", though sent by a friend, do not open it and shut down your computer immediately.
This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus.
This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.
SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW, COPY THIS E-MAIL AND SEND
IT TO YOUR FRIENDS AND REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US.


Not sure if this is a hoax or not, I'd sooner not find out!.
Watch out. [Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 05-03-2006).]


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#65433 - 05/03/06 04:06 AM Re: ****VIRUS WARNING*****  
Trumpy  Offline


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Apparently,
This is in fact a hoax!.
Some info can be found on it here at Snopes.com

"The boy that cried wolf" springs to mind here.

{Thanks to Iwire for alerting me to this fact} [Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 05-03-2006).]


#65434 - 05/03/06 04:14 AM Re: ****VIRUS WARNING*****  
iwire  Offline
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Mike I appreciate the warning, better to be cautious than risk the hassles of a virus.

Don't hesitate to 'cry wolf' again. [Linked Image]

This time it was harmless next times who knows.

Bob


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Massachusetts

#65435 - 05/03/06 06:07 AM Re: ****VIRUS WARNING*****  
Dnkldorf  Offline
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Thx Mike...

(whoops)and Bob... [Linked Image]

Dnk..

[This message has been edited by Dnkldorf (edited 05-03-2006).]


#65436 - 05/03/06 06:13 AM Re: ****VIRUS WARNING*****  
winnie  Offline
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As a word of warning:

One general class of virus will infect someone's computer, find their address book, and send e-mail to the people listed in their address book. So you end up getting virus messages that appear to be from people that you know. Usually something like 'open up this great picture' or 'I've sent you an e-card.'

A particularly nasty subclass is a _virus warning_ going on in glowing terms about how bad the particular virus is. Fortunately your 'friend' has sent a program to help 'protect' you from the virus. The attachment itself is the virus. Click on it and you are toast.

-Jon


#65437 - 05/03/06 07:59 AM Re: ****VIRUS WARNING*****  
NJwirenut  Offline
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http://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/virus-warning.html

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This just in : NEW VIRUS WARNING

If you receive an e-mail with a subject line of "Badtimes," delete it
immediately WITHOUT reading it. This is the most dangerous Email virus yet.

It will re-write your hard drive. Not only that, but it will scramble any
disks that are even close to your computer. It will recalibrates your
refrigerator's coolness setting so all your ice cream melts and milk curdles.
It will demagnetize the strips on all your credit cards, reprogram your
ATM access code, screw up the tracking on your VCR and use subspace field
harmonics to scratch any CDs you try to play.

It will give your ex-boy/girlfriend your new phone number. It will mix
antifreeze into your fish tank. It will drink all your beer and leave its
dirty socks on the coffee table when there's company coming over. It will
hide your car keys when you are late for work and interfere with your car
radio so that you hear only static while stuck in traffic.

Badtimes will make you fall in love with a hardened pedophile. It will give
you nightmares about circus midgets. It will replace your shampoo with Nair
and your Nair with Rogaine, all while dating your current boy/girlfriend
behind your back and billing their hotel rendezvous to your Visa card.

It will seduce your grandmother. It does not matter if she is dead, such is
the power of Badtimes, it reaches out beyond the grave to sully those things
we hold most dear.

Badtimes will give you Dutch Elm disease. It will leave the toilet seat up
and leave the hairdryer plugged in dangerously close to a full bathtub. It
will remove the forbidden tags from your mattresses and pillows,
and refill your skim milk with whole.

It is insidious and subtle. It is dangerous and terrifying to behold.

It is also a rather interesting shade of mauve.

These are just a few signs.

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.


#65438 - 05/03/06 08:22 AM Re: ****VIRUS WARNING*****  
mamills  Offline
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Posts: 745
Wharton, Texas, USA
...It will also cause your FPE and Zinsco breakers not to trip [Linked Image].

Seriously, Thanks for ANY warning of a potential virus out there.

Mike (mamills)


#65439 - 05/03/06 11:32 AM Re: ****VIRUS WARNING*****  
macmikeman  Offline
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What's a "C" drive?


#65440 - 05/03/06 12:04 PM Re: ****VIRUS WARNING*****  
NJwirenut  Offline
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99% of the time, the "C" drive is the computer's primary hard drive...


#65441 - 05/03/06 01:06 PM Re: ****VIRUS WARNING*****  
gfretwell  Offline


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Posts: 9,140
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Boot sector viruses are the easiest to foil. Most PCs come with protection right in the BIOS. If this is enabled it will pop up a hardware message whenever anything tries to change the boot sector (track/sector 0/0)
You can restore this sector on a FAT system using the FDISK/MBR command from the DOS prompt.


Greg Fretwell

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