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bunnie

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New Virus Alert
« on: Sunday June 01, 2008, 12:13:09 PM »
Hi everyone I have just received from my friend...

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

Hi All,   I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this virus!
 
I checked Snopes (URL above:), 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 alerted 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! 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 disco vered 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.
 
Snopes lists all the names it could come in.
 
  

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Re: New Virus Alert
« Reply #1 on: Sunday June 01, 2008, 01:24:17 PM »
Hey Bunnie, you'll want to go ahead and just delete that email.  It has all the elements of a hoax email designed purely to fill up mailboxes and waste internet bandwidth.

Out of curiosity, I clicked the Snopes link.  The article confirms that there is a real Postcard virus, however

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NOTE: Readers should take particular care not to confuse the real postcard/greeting card virus with a number of virus-related hoaxes that have been circulating for several years. A variety of messages forwarded by well-intended people to warn others about the  Postcard virus contribute to this confusion by including within them links to our article about the "Virtual Card for You" hoax (or by mistakenly incorporating elements from that hoax into their warnings).   Other versions of the postcard virus warning erroneously combine it with elements of the Invitation virus hoax.

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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 'Invitation' OR ONE CALLED 'POSTCARD,'
Regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens an Olympic
Torch OR 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 'Invitation' 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.

BIG VIRUS COMING !!! PLEASE READ & FORWARD !!!

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

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

I checked Snopes (URL above:), 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! 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

Snopes lists all the names it could come in.


Although the Postcard virus is real, it isn't a "BIG VIRUS COMING" (it's already been around in multiple forms for a long time now), it will not "burn the whole hard disc" of your computer, CNN didn't classify it as the "worst virus" ever, and it doesn't arrive in messages bearing a subject line of 'Invitation.'


Happy internetting.   ;D
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Offline Brock

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Re: New Virus Alert
« Reply #2 on: Sunday June 01, 2008, 06:54:45 PM »
Thanks for the warning Bunnie. :)

bunnie

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Re: New Virus Alert
« Reply #3 on: Sunday June 01, 2008, 07:25:26 PM »
Ok, thanks bomf! I'm hopeless with computers, but I was afraid of this because I collect postcards. and of course have lots of dealers and friends sending me mail with "postcard" in the message. So no need to worry at all then bomf? my computer is well protectedwith anti virus etc etc.
Bunnie

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Re: New Virus Alert
« Reply #4 on: Sunday June 01, 2008, 08:03:45 PM »
Ok, thanks bomf! I'm hopeless with computers, but I was afraid of this because I collect postcards. and of course have lots of dealers and friends sending me mail with "postcard" in the message. So no need to worry at all then bomf? my computer is well protectedwith anti virus etc etc.
Bunnie

Based on the article, you should be in good shape as long as your anti-virus definitions are up to date, operating system is up to date on security patches, etc.

As a general rule of thumb:  If an email implores you to forward its contents to everyone you know, don't. 
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Re: New Virus Alert
« Reply #5 on: Sunday June 01, 2008, 10:03:22 PM »
Oh!! I didn't know that. Thank you so much Bomf!
Regards Bunnie