If I've told you ONCE, I've told you a GAJILLION TIMES!!!
> This is to inform you about a new Virus!!!!!!
> A new virus has started to spread: it is called "WIN A HOLIDAY" and is
> linked with a promotion by Air New Zealand !
> If you receive an email titled "WIN A HOLIDAY" DO NOT open it.
> It will erase everything on your hard drive.
There is no such thing as a computer virus that can be activated
simply by opening an e-mail message. This is a classic virus HOAX.
Nothing personal, Samuel, but this message is the equivalent of
women being told that if they turn 35 and aren't married, they won't
find husbands till they get hit by comets. The reprehensible feeding
on the credulity of the anxious gullible about the improbable. Or
If you would like to see this HOAX described on-line at Dr. Solomon's
Virus Central site, go to:
If you would like to read a general essay on HOAXES and their
nature, and how to identify one in the wild, go to:
Viruses are not activated by reading e-mail messages. E-mail
messages are basically text files. They are activated by
1) Using executable (.EXE) files (which you should never do without
sweeping them for viruses first anyway, especially if you're
stealing them, which I do not recommend no-how)
2) Opening infected MS-Word *attachments* to e-mail messages
(Word documents with "macro viruses" on them that activate upon
opening the attachments with Word).
If you would like to learn more about macro viruses (I recommend
this strongly--some of them are powerful) go to:
> Forward this letter on to as many people as you can.
Please. Don't. Erase this message and go to sleep and don't worry
about it any more. Ever again. If anybody ever invents an e-mail
message that can do what this hoax claims, Andy Clark, Craig Cramer,
or I will find out about it within twelve minutes of its discovery
in Silicon Valley and Web Gulch...and pass it along to you.
> This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know
> about it.
Yadda yadda yadda.
> This information was announced (Monday 16) morning from
> Microsoft; please share it with everyone that might access the
Blap blap blap.
> Once again, pass this along to EVERYONE in our address book so
> that this may be stopped.
And don't forget to look under your bed before you tuck in.
Really, there might be a quarter under there.
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