Over the last week I’ve received this email from several different people:

I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this virus! I checked snopes.com, this afternoon ( 04-05-08) 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,’ 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. This includes all cards, too. 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. his 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.

http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/postcard.asp

I’ve written about Snopes before. The site checks out urban legends and emails like the above. It let’s us know what’s true and what’s not. Since the above links to a page on Snopes it has to be real doesn’t it?

Not so much.

If you read the page at Snopes you’ll see that the above actually deals with two virus reports. One of them is real and one isn’t.

Last year a virus really was being spread by the use of fake postcard emails. The virus spread some really icky malware that could turn your computer into a zombie computer.

The fake part of the “postcard virus” email takes the very real virus threat and combines it with wording from a hoax virus – the infamous invitation/Olympic torch virus. Does this seem familiar?

WARNING

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

I think the lesson here is to get some good virus/malware protection software, be careful of links in emails and read the fine print at Snopes. 🙂

2 comments

  1. widi

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    i would like to ask as newbie, what’s better we use norton or ansav.
    because i was confiused which one i want to use.
    thank’s

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