How to Avoid Forwarding Virus Hoaxes

Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov

Message 11282 · 18 Mar 1998 17:39:07 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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In my experience about 99% of virus warnings I have received are in fact
HOAXES. It is the e-mail messages themselves that are like a
virus, because by the time the recipient finds out the warning was
false, he/she has usually already sent it on to everyone he/she
knows. Don't believe the message just because it says Microsoft,
IBM, or any other important sounding organization originally sent
it. Please, please, PLEASE do one of the following BEFORE you
forward an e-mail message warning about a virus, especially to an entire
listserv.

*If you have access to the WWW, bookmark one or more of the following
sites and check them before you forward a message. These are reliable
sources of information on the legitimacy of virus warnings:
Compute Virus Myths: http://www.kumite.com/myths/
International Computer Security Association:
http://www.ncsa.com/services/consortia/anti-virus/alerthoax.html
U.S. Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory Capability:
http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html

*If you don't have access to the WWW, at least wait one day before
forwarding the message and see if you get another message telling you the
previous one was a hoax.

*Assume that any message warning you that an e-mail message will infect
your computer is FALSE. An attachment could potentially contain a
virus if you download and open/run it, but an e-mail message itself
CANNOT infect your computer simply by being read.

Thanks you for your attention. If this reduces the number of these
messages I receive by even one it will have been worth it!

--Lara

P.S. Feel free to forward these suggestions to anyone who sends you
false virus warnings.

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