Posted 10 August 2011 - 12:47 PM
My mom just forwarded an email containing a warning about a virus. Could you please read it and tell me if it is anything to be concerned about. I seemingly receive one of these emails once or twice a year and I don't ever recall having been sent the offending email. Also, the email says to immediately shut down your computer if you receive the offending email. Do you really have to do this instead of, for instance, deleting the email? Thanks.
Got this from my sister in Greece
Begin forwarded message:
Subject: WARNING ABOUT NEW EMAIL VIRUS COMING
Dear Folks Worth reading and being prepared. ALERT
FYI TO ALL.
Dave's brother is a very advanced programmer who does computer work
for a living and has a high up status with Microsoft. He doesn't
send these if they aren't real. If he says this is for real, it for
sure is. Be aware.
VIRUS COMING !
I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this
I checked Snopes, and it is for real. Get this E-mail message sent
around to your contacts ASAP.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS!
You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any
message with an attachment entitled POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK, regardless
of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE,
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. This is the reason why you need to
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' POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by
a friend, do not open it! 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.
COPY THIS E-MAIL, AND SEND IT TO YOUR FRIENDS.
REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US
CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: This e-mail transmission is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above and may contain information that is confidential, privileged, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of any of the information contained in this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please immediately notify me by e-mail at the above address and destroy all copies of the original message.