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Warning about POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK virus


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#1 hiprocka

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 12:47 PM

Hello:

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.

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Got this from my sister in Greece
Lotty



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 !

Hi All,

I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this
virus!

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.

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#2 Allen

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 12:54 PM

Bingo its fake http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Torch_%28virus_hoax%29
Hey everyone I'm Allen I am a young web developer/designer/programmer I also help people with computer issues including hardware problems, malware/viruses infections and software conflicts. I am a kind and easy to get along with person so if you need help feel free to ask.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 01:14 PM

Hello,

Messages such as this are fake alerts. You can see a discussion about that here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic261539.html

The best thing to do when you receive a message such as this is to delete it without opening it. It doesn't matter who it comes from. E-mail titles such as that one are a very good indication that it's some sort of spam, malicious or otherwise.

That said, that doesn't mean that such an infection vector doesn't exist. See for example, these topics:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic119714.html

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic104163.html

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#4 hiprocka

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 02:39 PM

Kind of what I suspected. Thanks.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 02:55 PM

Also,I would still run a n MBAM scan as iy's anexcellent fakealert detector.

b]Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):[/b]

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
Download Link 1
Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
    For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:15 PM

I'm a little confused by the last email. Why do you want me to install this program on my computer? I don't like to install stuff on my machine unless it is absolutely necessary. All I did was to delete the email. Should I have done something different?

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:28 PM

I wasn't sue if it was opened and possibly deployed an infection. So I made a scan suggestion.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:10 PM

I wasn't sue if it was opened and possibly deployed an infection. So I made a scan suggestion.


I have Norton and I run it frequently. Does that suffice?

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:27 PM

Well, I would run it anyway. No one tool gets it all and MBAM is an excellent addition to any AV.
You can easily uninstall it if you prefer.
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