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I received this emailed warning this morning which I have
snipped-------- True or false ?  Richard

QUOTE I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this
virus!
I checked Snopes (URL above:), and it is for real!!
Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts ASAP.

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.
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No.

The email itself is a type of virus - there is no payload other than that it
scares people and clogs email because so many people then forward it to
others.

As with anything which suggests you forward to all your friends and
collegues, simply delete and ignore.
--
Brian Cryer
www.cryer.co.uk/brian



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Where does it attach its code to other code? What program does it
infect.

A very old definition for the computer virus doesn't require the above,
but it also doesn't rely on anything outside the "Turing Machine" to
make it work.

It is *not* a virus.



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| Where does it attach its code to other code? What program does it
| infect.

| A very old definition for the computer virus doesn't require the above,
| but it also doesn't rely on anything outside the "Turing Machine" to
| make it work.

| It is *not* a virus.


I agree.

--
Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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A nice day for 'tilting at windmills'.



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Did you read what you snipped? What I said was:

The email itself is a type of virus - there is no payload other than that it
scares people and clogs email because so many people then forward it to
others.

It "reproduces" by playing on human nature because people forward it. Its
payload is simply to scare people, clog email systems and take time (for us
to discuss and agree that it should be ignored and not forwarded). That is
why I described it as a "type of virus", and gave the rational for it.
--
Brian Cryer
www.cryer.co.uk/brian




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For those that care about the semantics, that does not fit the definition of a
virus.
An email worm, probably.  A virus, no.  I prefer the catchall term malware.

Regards, Dave Hodgins

--
Change nomail.afraid.org to ody.ca to reply by email.
(nomail.afraid.org has been set up specifically for
use in usenet. Feel free to use it yourself.)


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It's not even a program! Maybe a "MIME Meme" ? :o)



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I understand that, but it is wrong just the same. A computer virus is a
very specific type of program. There are types of viruses defined as
well, and this is not one of them. I would even object to saying it is
"like a virus" - but I would be on thin ice there and wouldn't have
bothered you with it.

I just call these "chain letters".



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| I received this emailed warning this morning which I have
| snipped-------- True or false ?  Richard

| QUOTE I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this
| virus!
| I checked Snopes (URL above:), and it is for real!!
| Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts ASAP.

| 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.
| UNQUOTE

Hoax - http://www.hoax-slayer.com/postcard-virus-hoax.shtml

--
Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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Thank you for the replies--I forwarded them to the emailer who did the
forwarding !!
Kind regards,Richard

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Why would I shut down my computer. If I were to shut down my computer,
how long should I wait until I turn it back on. If I turn in back on,
will the virus be gone. Couldn't I just delete the message.
I've no idea if this is a hoax. If I were to lose physical sector zero,
I would restore it. I keep a copy of physical track zero plus an up to
date image of my os.
I've never had a virus, my son did lose a hd at one time.
By the way, if you visit www.terabyteunlimited.com, you can download a
free utility mbrwork.exe. This will let you save and restore mbr and
partition info.
Dave Cohen

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Yes, there are or were viruses and other malware using this vector of
attack.

Yes, you should always be wary of things sent to you - even by friends.

No, you don't have to shut down your computer just because you get a
mail called "POSTCARD".

This is just to spread FUD.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear,_uncertainty_and_doubt



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