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john44

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Computer Virus
« on: May 08, 2011, 07:52:28 pm »

Hi All,
I have been informed from a very reliable source of a Deadly computer virus going round,
 It is called *Postcard From Hallmark*, it opens up a postcard image and burns the whole hard disc C on your computer.
There is no repair yet for this kind of virus, so if you receive a message, called Postcard, even from a friend,
shut down your computer immediately.

This is the worst virus announced by CNN.

This is not a joke, If I can save 1 persons  hard-drive with this message I will be glad.  O0
I have also posted this message in the scam subject

john
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Re: Computer Virus
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 08:04:41 pm »

Try googling "Hallmark virus" before panocking.
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Re: Computer Virus
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2011, 08:16:16 pm »

*Yawn*
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john44

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Re: Computer Virus
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2011, 09:40:09 pm »

Sorry guys, obviously I am not the computer nerds you seem to be.

john
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Re: Computer Virus
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2011, 08:32:00 am »

Try googling "Hallmark virus" before panocking.
You don't have to be a nerd - by any stretch of the imagination, I'm not  %% but after getting so many of these spoof 'dire' warnings I ALWAYS Google first before hitting the panic button. To date I have yet to receive a genuine one, but you never know................................ %)

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Re: Computer Virus
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2011, 10:06:34 am »

Snopes is your friend here, together with the general rule of thumb that if you receive any kind of 'official' warning which includes the request to 'spread this warning to your friends', do not do so. Real official warnings do NOT ask you to spread possibly outdated warnings around randomly, instead they refer you to a central reputable official site where the latest news can always be reliably maintained.

I am reminded of the 1990's Good Times 'virus'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodtimes_virus refers.

This worked by warning people that an e-mail entitled 'Good Times' was going round which was a virus. People were asked to copy this warning to their friends. The spoof warning came in an e-mail entitled 'Good Times', so very soon there were indeed lots of 'Good Times' emails going round. You could consider this to be an actual virus, not using a computer program to propagate but instead using people's gullibility....

Virus researchers tried telling everybody that there was no such thing as the 'Good Times' virus. Then virus writers started creating real viruses which they called 'Good Times'.....
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Re: Computer Virus
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2011, 10:36:51 am »

Despite being a spoof John44, good call, better to have a heads up rather than let it pass.

  Regards  Ian.
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Re: Computer Virus
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2011, 11:03:03 am »

The site actually shows this as , a Spoof, spam as well as a Virus so its all 3 really  %%
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Re: Computer Virus
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2011, 12:53:18 pm »

Despite being a spoof John44, good call, better to have a heads up rather than let it pass.

In my experience that's not the case. Continuous warnings which turn out to be spoofs mean that when a real warning is needed it will probably be ignored. Aesop's fable refers:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boy_Who_Cried_Wolf

It is also very good practice for people to check messages they are given on the net, rather than relay them without thinking. If people relay messages without thinking they are setting themselves up for all sorts of problems...
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Re: Computer Virus
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2011, 01:37:59 pm »

Hoaxes are a nuisance. They waste take up large amounts of server space (costs money) and waste millions of man hours every year (costs money and time: and time = money).
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Re: Computer Virus
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2011, 03:20:27 pm »

*Yawn*

OH LORD, FORGIVE ME FOR BEING PERFECT IN EVERYTHING I DO. {:-{ {:-{ {:-{ {:-{
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Re: Computer Virus
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2011, 04:03:24 pm »

Well said that man....

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