(3/13/2001) Yes, it is true that opening a file attachment called "Naked Wife.exe" will embarrass you tremendously. But this e-mail warning contains more misinformation than facts.
Real? Yes. Accurate? Not quite.
Plus, the message implies that opening the message will infect you. Viruses and worms are programs, they must be executed to have an effect. You can safely open the message, but don't open the file attachment (Naked Wife.exe).
For the specifics on this worm, see what Symantec has to say about it.
Naked Wife is indeed a threat, but the biggest threat comes if you open it at work and you suddenly have to explain to all your coworkers and bosses why you were looking at something called "Naked Wife" at work. As with all viruses and worms, the best and only way to protect yourself from infection is to install virus protection software and keep it updated. Relying on e-mail warnings is a poor and unreliable substitute. Break this Chain!
Category: Virus Warning