I haven't received a hoax virus warning for a while. But I was sent this one this morning (see date of this post!!)
Anyone-using Internet mail such as Comcast, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on.
This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet.
You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled 'MAIL SERVER REPORT'.
If you open it, a message will appear on your screen saying: 'It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful.'
Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC, and the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password.
This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the anti virus softwares are not capable of destroying it.
This virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself 'life owner'.
PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS E-MAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, And ask them to PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY!
THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY SNOPES.
It's a hoax, of course. How did I know? Usual shock, horror language. Pass it on (DON'T).
Next time you receive a virus warning, stop and think. If you're computer was infected by a virus, would you sit down and write a scare email to all your friends etc? Of course you wouldn't. You'd be too busy removing the virus! I've removed hundreds of viruses from hundreds of machines. Not once has anyone suggested they should email everyone they know to warn them. They're either too busy being grateful the problem is sorted, or too busy taking the machine to the nearest computer shop to have the hard-drive wiped.
The "virus" of the hoaxes is you - the mug user who passes them on. Just go the website of whichever antivirus software you use and look for the, so called, virus. They all have databases of viruses and will confirm the hoax. For more complete information on hoax virus warnings, take a look at www.keepsafeonthenet.co.uk