|Re: Virus Alert||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Paul Milne (PaulMmhie.ac.uk)|
|Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 03:12:28 -0600|
coho [at] speakeasy.org,Internet writes:=20 >Hate to be the bearer of negative news, but this seems too spooky to=20 >disregard:>Subject: Virus=20 >>=20 >>If you receive an e-mail titled "WIN A HOLIDAY" DO NOT open it, =20 >>it will erase everything on your hard drive. Forward this letter =20 =20 etc., etc., etc.=20 =20 Elementary internet lesson: =20 =20 The email IS the virus. =20 =20 What is described above is impossible, and is a very common type of=20 internet hoax. =20 =20 YOU CANNOT INFECT YOUR COMPUTER WITH A VIRUS BY READING AN EMAIL.=20 DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FORWARD THAT EMAIL.=20 =20 If you downloaded an attachement with a virus and ran it on your=20 machine, then yes, possibly, a virus could get into the works, but=20 we're not that stupid, are we?=20 =20 This is not a flame at Jeffrey Leitch, he is but an innocent victim. =20 =20 If you HAVE forwarded it (try saying "forwarded it" 10 times fast!) the=20 responsible thing to do is to send another email after it with a=20 similar message to this one, and a humble apology.=20 =20 There are web sites dedicated to tracking real viruses and defrauding=20 hoaxes. Does Fred or anyone else care to post a note of their web=20 addresses for the general interest of the list?=20 =20 HTH=20 =20 P.=20 =20 "Tae be yersel and tae mak that worth bein=20 Nae harder job tae mortals has been gien."=20 --Hugh MacDiarmid=20 paulm [at] mhie.ac.uk | http://corrieneuchin.mhie.ac.uk/~Paul_Milne/=20
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