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Title: virus??
Post by: ko on April 28, 2010, 08:48 PM

hi all my cousin who is a programer sent me this he claims its the real thing so i9 thought i would pass it along
FYI - TO ALL.

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 is for sure.   Be aware and be careful............
   
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.




Title: Re: virus??
Post by: mikenchico on April 28, 2010, 11:54 PM
Did you bother to check this?

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

That chain-letter is listed word for word as a hoax, there have been emails with the card invitation that lead to malware sites rather then a card site, that's why you hover over any emailed link and check the url before clicking, is it going where you expect it to go?

No virus warning will ever come out in a chain-letter format, chain-letters are meant solely for clogging up the Internet and mail servers. They are originated by people without the knowledge to write a virus but for the same infantile purposes, in this case to see how many people they can fool.

Either your cousin has been infected and his address book, email program & computer has been hijacked or ....  :-X



Title: Re: virus??
Post by: zippy8 on April 29, 2010, 12:24 AM
I don't mean to be rude but...

(http://www.elisanet.fi/mike.emery/Stuff/DoubleFacePalm.jpg)

Mike,
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.


Title: Re: virus??
Post by: RobB on April 29, 2010, 02:52 AM
Whether the postcard virus threat is real or not, Ko does make a good point that we should all be careful about what we do open in our email. Or open in general... Viruses, greyware, malware, spyware, rogue security software, whatever gets into your machine by tricking you one way or another. The old 'you computer is infected !' click here to clean it now... You know the drill...
All you can do is be skeptical about anything that comes up on your computer, ask yourself, is this real ? Why am I getting an e-card ? Do you expect it ? Usually an ecard has some personal info on the notification, like who it's from, or what it's for.
If you get the prompt that your computer is infected, ask who is making this claim ? Does the popup come from your antivirus software ? A real virus alert will have the name of your AV software in the popup. Like Norton IS detected this threat on your machine, and the machine needs to be restarted to complete the cure might be an example of a real virus detection. If you have McCaffe, the alert would come from them.

Ko, a round of thanks should be in order, just for being the reminder for the rest of us to be vigilant about the garbage that's out there on the internet. I clean around 10 machines per week that have become infected with some piece of garbage, usually rogue security software like WinXP AntivirusPro 2010. Who’s gotten that one ? Good luck getting it out without reloading the machine ! A big help to everyone would be to not run your machine as a user with administrative privilege. Create a separate administrative user that is only used to run administrative tasks, and demote your everyday user name to a restricted user. This will prevent this garbage software from installing on your machine, or at least, limit the severity of the infection.
And please… BACK YOUR MACHINES UP ! 1 TB external drives are less than $100 now, I’m tired of hearing about people that lose 5 years of digital pictures because they thought their computer would last forever… ‘I never have any problems… why should I backup ?’


Title: Re: virus??
Post by: ko on April 29, 2010, 05:50 AM
thanx rob oops  i am not computer savy and  was passing this along do to my cousins concern . perfect spot for the double palm mike ps it was a ??


Title: Re: virus??
Post by: kiteking on April 29, 2010, 08:29 AM
One thing I always recommend is having 1 email address that is used only for family/friends, another for work, a third for online purchases and a fourth, (or more),for everything else

Whenever I am researching, requesting info, signingup for something I either create a new (throw away) address and when done with the research I just quite checking, I also have one address dedicated only for sign ups, freebies,and subscriptions. When my mail reader picks up all the responses I just delete them since I know they will be junk. I then sort through the other address and delete anything out of the norm

Remember if you get a email offering you $100 off you next purchase from some company, you can go to their site and get the offer if it is true

Also remember NEVER respond to junk mail that offers to remove you from a mailing list, that just makes you address valid and worth more to mass marketers



Title: Re: virus??
Post by: kevin on April 29, 2010, 04:31 PM
One thing I always recommend is having 1 email address that is used only for family/friends, another for work, a third for online purchases and a fourth, (or more),for everything else

This was the way to do it back in the day but, frankly is a) too complicated for more people than you'd guess, and 2) totally unnecessary these days.  Gmail can do this for you pretty easily.