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I have received a virus warning at work and wonder if anyone can tell me if this is real or another hoax. The title is 'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK and states "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 vitalinformation is kept."
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Never believe uninvited e-mails from sources you don't know - in fact, don't even open them.
By far the safest way to deal with all these 'alerts' is to ensure that you have effective AV and 'Malware' protection in place and that the respective data files are updated regularly Jeannie.
Then have a cup of tea and get on with one's life...
There is an element of 'scare-mongering' that goes on in the AV industry but, with the right precautions in place, one will be fine.
Thanks for that Mike, I did know who sent the email, but it arrived at work internally and I was worried about my home system which has Virgin Guard as I use Virgin broadband.
Hi Jeannie. That particular one is a well known hoax but, as the others have said, don't bother opening it.
Viruses can't infect your machine if you don't open attachments or click on links, so don't do so unless you are certain it is safe.
As Ian says it's an oldie (not golden though).
By the way whatever happened to 'conficker'?
Is it still around,or what?
I had one sent to me the other week as a MMS message which my Blackberry picked up, i could'nt open it on the phone so went online to 02 and picked it up there....Bad mistake as it launched with a weird voice saying you have been F........d . The machine an Intel Powerbook Pro turned off and did'nt come back on. It needed a new hard drive.
Which OS was that?
The implication is you launched something that re-wrote the boot sector or the drive firmware.That is the sort of thing the VISTA user control wibbery thing that pisses people off, should stop and give you one of its warnings.
My phone was also sent a MMS that I could not open but I deleted it from the phone, just as well by the sounds of it.
I only ever open MMS messages if they are from somebody I know and they have told me to expect it.
Sad state of affairs that we have to be so paranoid.
NEVER open an attachment from someone/business/post card/greeting card you don't expect/don'tknow. That's often likely to be something containing a virus. JNC
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Quote: By the way whatever happened to 'conficker'?
I've just been in USA for 3 weeks & this was all over the TV, newspapers etc, but this is the first time I've seen it mentioned over here. Nothing to do with 1 April I suppose?
The latest I've seen in the media is that Conflicker started downloading stuff on 8th April. The content of those packets of data are as yet unknown. I think the experts suspect it's some sort of rootkit.
There's also a reward on offer for information leading to the capture of its writer.
What's an "intel powerbook pro" ????
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