What a Card!
Date Added: Mar. 29, 2002
Just when I thought that virus hoax authors had lost all of their creativity, along comes this gem. Of course, it's no more true than most hoaxes, it only seems that way.
Subject: RE: WORST EVER VIRUS as announced by CNN
A new virus has just been discovered that has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive ever. This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee and no vaccine has yet been developed. This virus simply destroys Sector Zero from the hard disk, where vital information for its functioning are stored. This virus acts in the following manner:
It sends itself automatically to all contacts on your list with the title "A Virtual Card for You." As soon as the supposed virtual card is opened, the computer freezes so that the user has to reboot. When The ctrl+alt+del keys or the reset button are pressed, the virus ctrl+alt+destroys Sector Zero, thus permanently destroying the hard disk. Yesterday in just a few Hours this virus caused panic in New York, according to news broadcast by CNN. This alert was received by an employee of Microsoft itself. So don't open any mail with subject: "A Virtual Card for You." As soon as you get the mail, delete it.
Please pass this mail to all of your friends. Forward this to everyone in your address book. I would rather receive this 25 times than not at all. Also: Intel announced that a new and very destructive virus was discovered recently. If you receive an email called "An Internet Flower For You," do not open it. Delete it right away! This virus removes all dynamic Link libraries (.dll files) from your computer. Your computer will not be able to boot up.
Recent versions have combined this chain with the Internet Flower for You warning to create the "WORST EVER VIRUS" hoax. And, like that one, this one is a hoax. There is no known virus that works as described. Here are some of the tell-tale signs:
E-mail warnings about viruses are totally ineffective at preventing infection. The best way to protect yourself from infection has always been (and remains) to install anti-virus software and keep it updated. Read "Protecting Your PC" in the Chain-Breaker's Library for reliable ways to prevent unwanted access to your data. Break this chain!