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#1 Lanscader

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 11:56 PM

I got this email from a friend. I trust him, but I want to know if anyone here knows if it is a hoax or not. I would investigate myself, but I don't really have time:

Subject: JUST RECEIVED THIS. Important
VERY IMPORTANT WARNING!
This is not a joke!
Please be Extremely Careful especially if using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived this morning direct from both Microsoft and Norton.

Please send it to everyone you know who has access to the Internet.
You may receive an apparently harmless email with PowerPoint presentation "Life is beautiful."
If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, and delete it immediately. If you open this file, a message will appear on your screen saying:
"It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful."

Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC and the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password.

This is a new virus which started to circulate Saturday afternoon.

AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the anti-virus
software's are not capable of destroying it. A hacker who calls himself "life owner" has created the virus.

PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASK THEM
TO PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY.
(:-)


Edited by Lanscader, 13 January 2006 - 11:56 PM.

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 12:07 AM

It's a Hoax ........Lanscader


Life Is Beautiful


Virus: Life is Beautiful.pps

Status: Hoax.

Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]

This information arrived this morning, from Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who accesses the Internet.

You may receive an apparently harmless email with a PowerPoint presentation called "Life is beautiful.pps."

If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, and delete it immediately.

If you open this file, a message will appear on your screen saying: "It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful", subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC and the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, email and password.

This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS VIRUS.

UOL has already confirmed its dangerousness, and the antivirus Softs are not capable of destroying it. The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself "life owner", and who aims to destroying domestic PCs and who also fights Microsoft in court! That's why it comes disguised with extension pps. He fights in court for the Windows-XP patent.

MAKE A COPY OF THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.

Origins: This warning about a Microsoft PowerPoint file named "Life is Beautiful" carrying a a computer-destroying virus is a hoax, one that has been with us since at least January 2002. It originally circulated in Portuguese but was later translated into English and a host of other languages.

Although this particular example is a hoax, PowerPoint presentations can contain viruses, so prudent computer users should always check downloaded or e-mailed PowerPoint presentations (and all other non-text attachments) before opening them.

In September 2002 this hoax was circulated anew as "Everything is Beautiful," and it popped up again in 2003 re-titled as "Life is Wonderful."

Additional information: Life is Beautiful Hoax
(McAfee)
Life is Beautiful Hoax
(Symantec)
Last updated: 23 January 2005


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Posted 14 January 2006 - 01:29 AM

Ok. Thanks. I didn't forward it, as last time I did that (and it was real), everyone thought it was a hoax.

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