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Beautiful" Virus -Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor A forwarded email that
warns about a horrible virus known as "Life is Beautiful."
This is a hoax that seems never to
It first appeared in our files in 2002.
There is no such virus, but this is one of the most widely
circulated virus warnings.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
THIS IS REAL
VERY IMPORTANT WARNING Please Be Extremely Careful
especially if using internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on.
This information arrived this morning from Microsoft and Norton. Please
send it to everybody you know who accesses the Internet. You may receive
an apparently harmless email with a Power Point presentation "Life
is beautiful. pps". If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE UNDER
ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, and delete it immediately. if you open this file, a
message will appear on your screen saying: "It is too late now,
your life is no longer beautiful", subsequently you will LOSE
EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC and the person who sent it to you gain access to
your name, e-mail and password. This is a new virus which started to
circulate on Saturday afternoon.
WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS VIRUS.
AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the antivirus Software's are
not capable of destroying it. The virus has been created by a hacker who
calls himself "life owner". PLEASE MAKE A COPY OF THIS EMAIL
TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS and PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY.
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