Postcard Virus Re-Hoax?

 

By Joe Vanderham, April 15, 2010

 

Today we received news of the "Postcard From Hallmark" email virus hoax circulating again, or still.  This is just a letter warning you of a supposed virus.  It was originally meant to scare people to worry about a virus that wasn't there.  Here are a couple subject lines of warning letters,

    "VERY IMPORTANT - BIG VIRUS COMING !!! PLEASE READ & FORWARD !!!"

or

    "virus update" 

There may be others but these are two that we know about.  The email goes on to contain this warning text...

    "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"

 

You can review some of the information about the hoax at sites like this, http://www.hoax-slayer.com/postcard-virus-hoax.shtml.

 

If you find any of this information incorrect or have information about any other virus that may be out, please don't hesitate to contact us at support@digitalfuturelive.com

 

To wrap things up, the internet is a place where criminals like to abuse the privilege of information and your email is no exception to that rule.  A few tips to help keep you safe from attacks..

1. Install an antivirus and keep it up to date

2. Install an antispyware and keep it up to date (antivirus alone is not always enough to keep you secure)

3. Make sure you have a firewall turned on

4. Don't open emails from people you don't know.  If you are unsure about an email from a friend, contact them before you open it.

 

We hope you find this information useful and you have a safer computing experience.  

 

 

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