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"Facebook Invitation," "Windows Live Update," "Black in the White House," "Invitation" or "Olympic Torch" Virus Warning-Fiction!

 

 

 

Summary of the eRumor:  
The forwarded email warns of a new virus that comes in an email with an attachment called "Black in the White House," Windows Live Update," "Invitation" or "Olympic Torch."  It allegedly contains a virus that "opens an Olympic Torch" and destroys your hard drive.
 


The Truth:  
Update 04/06/14:
The latest version of this hoax now warns to be aware of software updates claiming to come from Microsoft for Windows Live.   Microsoft does not send out email notifications when update software are available and will never initiate such a contact with users of their products. The software company uses an update protocol through the Internet that is built into the Windows  operating system.  

Nevertheless, it is always a good practice to never click on links in emails that come from strangers. When in doubt, go straight to the software website and look for the support section.

Update 07/19/13:
A new version of this warning under the subject "Black Muslim in the White House" began circulating in July. Same warning as all the past versions.

Update 09/22/11:
A new version of this warning has begun circulating about the popular network site Facebook saying that the Invitation will burn the whole hard disc on computer C: drives.

Update 04/05/10:
A new version of this fictitious virus warning is back in circulation saying not to open any attachment called "Black in the White House."   This virus warning, which originally began circulating at the opening of the 2006 Winter Olympics in February, is a hoax. There is no such virus.

One of the clues that the eRumor is a hoax is that it borrows language from another classic virus hoax. The reference to CNN, the description that Microsoft has classified it as "the most destructive virus ever," the contention that it was discovered "yesterday" by McAfee, and the reference to the "Zero Sector" of the hard disc are all wording borrowed from a classic Internet virus hoax about "A Card for You."

Posted 09/22/11    Updated 04/06/14

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Windows Live Update:

URGENT NOTICE! PLEASE READ MY FRIENDS! ALERT POLICE AUTHORITIES: At your computer and my, circulates this notice to your friends and family contacts! In the coming days be aware: do not open any message containing an attached file called "Windows Live Update" regardless of who you send. It is a virus that burns the whole hard drive. This virus comes from a known person who has your address list. This is why you should send this message to all your contacts. If you receive a message with the attachment "Windows Live Update", even if sent by a friend, do not open it and immediately turns off your computer. This is the worst virus announced by CNN, and has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday. There is no possibility of repair for this type of virus. He simply destroys Sector Zero from the hard disk. Remember - you: if you send this information to your contacts, you will protect us all. Passed on from a friend
 

Black in the White House Version:
URGENT!!! PLEASE CIRCULATE to your friends, family and contacts.

In the coming days, DO NOT open any message with an attachment called: Black in the White House, regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus that opens an Olympics torch that burns the whole hard disk C of your computer. This virus comes from a known person who you have in your list.

Directions: You should send this message to all of your contacts. It is better to receive this e-mail 25 times than to receive the virus and open it. If you receive a message called Black in the White House even if sent by a friend, do not open, and shut down your machine immediately. It is the worst virus announced by CNN. This new virus has been discovered recently it has been classified by Microsoft as the virus most destructive ever.

This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee. There is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the hard disk, where vital information function is stored.

Black Muslim in the White House Version:
VERY URGENT!!! PLEASE CIRCULATE to your friends, family and contacts. In the coming days,

DO NOT open any message with an attachment called: BLACK MUSLIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE, regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus that opens an Olympics torch that burns the whole hard disk C of your computer.

This virus comes from a known person who you have in your list. Directions: You should send this message to all of your contacts. It is better to receive this e-mail 25 times than to receive the virus and open it. If you receive a message called BLACK MUSLIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE even if sent by a friend, do not open, and shut down your machine immediately. It is the worst virus announced by CNN. This new virus has been discovered recently it has been classified by Microsoft as the virus most destructive ever. This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee. There is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero

Sector of the hard disk, where vital information function is stored.


Invitation Version:

PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS:
You should be alert during the next days:

Do not open any message with an attached filed called "Invitation" regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which "burns" the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.

If you receive a mail called "invitation", though sent by a friend, do not open it and 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. SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW, COPY THIS E-MAIL AND SEND IT TO YOUR FRIENDS AND REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US.

Facebook Invitation Version:

PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS NOTICE TO YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CONTACTS! In the coming days, you should be aware.....
Do not open any message with an attachment called: Invitation FACEBOOK, regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an Olympic torch that burns the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone you had in your address book .. That's why you should send this message to all your contacts.. It is better to receive this email 25 times to receive the virus and open it .. If you receive a mail called: Invitation FACEBOOK, though sent by a friend, do not open it and delete it immediately. It is the worst virus announced by CNN. A new virus has been discovered recently that has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. It is a Trojan Horse that asks you to install an adobe flash plug-in. Once you install it, it's all over. 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 of their function is saved.

 


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