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Title: Virus Hoaxes: Not Just Harmless Pranks
Post by: Amker on 17. May 2007., 16:19:59
Virus Hoaxes: Not Just Harmless Pranks

There are a lot of viruses out there. And then there are some viruses that aren't really out there at all. Hoax virus warning messages are more than mere annoyances. After repeatedly becoming alarmed, only to learn that there was no real virus, computer users may get into the habit of ignoring all virus warning messages, leaving them especially vulnerable to the next real, and truly destructive, virus.

Fortunately, AVERT tracks virus hoaxes as well as genuine viruses. The next time you receive an urgent virus warning message, check it against the list of known virus hoaxes below. If it's a hoax, chances are you'll find it in our database. And if it's a real virus, we'll probably know about it already, and you'll find it in the McAfee Virus Information Library.

Don't let your guard down! Remember: Never open an email attachment unless you know what it is--even if it comes from someone you know and trust.

Be aware that the people who create viruses can use known hoaxes to their advantage. A good example is the AOL4FREE hoax. This began as a hoax warning about a nonexistent virus. Once it was known that this was a hoax, somebody began to distribute a destructive trojan horse (a trojan horse differs from a virus in that it does not reproduce itself) in a file named AOL4FREE, attached to the original hoax virus warning!
The lessons are clear:
Always remain vigilant
Never open a suspicious attachmentMcAfee AVERT Virus Hoax Listings

!!?UNAVAILABLE!? Mobile Phone Hoax

!0000 Hoax
48 Hours Hoax
A Moment Of Silence Hoax
A Virtual Card For You Hoax
ACE-? Mobile Phone Hoax
All Seeing Eye hoax
America Online FlashNews Hoax
Anticristo Hoax
AOL 83 Minutes hoax
AOL Instant Message Hoax
AOL Riot hoax
AOL4FREE Hoax or What?
Baby New Year Hoax
Badtimes Hoax
Big Brother hoax
Blueman hoax
Bud Frogs Screen Saver Hoax
Bugslife Screensaver Hoax
California.IBM hoax
Cat-Colonic hoax
CELCOM Screen Saver
Dana hoax
Deeyenda Hoax
Despite Hoax
Disney Hoax
Economic Slow Down Hoax
Family Pictures Hoax
Flashmaster G
Free flight Hoax
Friends Hoax
Frogs and Fishes Hoax
Funprog hoax
Ghost.exe Hoax
Girl Thing hoax
Girls of Playboy Hoax
Good Times Hoax
Got You Hoax
Great Gas-Out Hoax
Guts to Say Jesus hoax
Happy New Year Hoax
ICE Virus Mobile Phone Hoax
Intel Special Offer Hoax
Internet Flower hoax
Iraq War Hoax
Irina Hoax
Jdbgmgr.exe hoax
Join The Crew Hoax
Kleneu66 hoax
La Bible Des Moines Hoax
Let's Watch TV Hoax
Life is beautiful hoax
LOC Hoax
Lump of Coal
Macmebig hoax
Manicomium Hoax
Milk Carton Bug
Missing Child Hoax
MusicPanel HOAX
New York Big Dirt
Nokia Screensaver hoax
Olympic Torch Hoax
Osama Hanged
Osama vs Bush Hoax
Payback Hoax
Penpal Hoax
Pikachus Ball hoax
Pokemon hoax
Pool Party email hoax
Sandman URL hoax
St.Patrick's Day Hoax
T-virus Mobile Phone Hoax
Tax Return Hoax
Valentine Greeting Hoax
W32.MFG.Tassos@mm Hoax
W32.Torch hoax
Welcome to the Matrix Hoax
Win a Holiday Email Hoax
Windows 98 Warning Hoax
Work Hoax
WTC Survivor Hoax
XALAN Mobile Phone Hoax
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