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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cycloneman, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

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    I just got this and hope its not a hoax. always be safe



    FW: HUGE VIRUS COMING!!! PLEASE READ & FORWARD
    > >
    > > Hi All,
    > >
    > > I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are
    > > gearing up for this virus!
    > > I checked Snopes (URL above:), and it is for real!!
    > >
    > > Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts
    > > ASAP.
    > > PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY
    > > AND CONTACTS!
    > >
    > > You should be alert during the next few days. Do not
    > > open any message with an
    > > attachment entitled 'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,'
    > > regardless of who sent it to you.
    > > It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, 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. This is the reason why you need to
    > > 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' POSTCARD,' even though
    > > sent to you by a friend,
    > > do not open it! Shut down your computer
    > > immediately.< /FONT>
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > This is the worst virus announced by CNN. It has
    > > been classified by Microsof t
    > > 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.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > COPY THIS E-MAIL, AND SEND IT TO YOUR FRIENDS.
    > > REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM,
    > > YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US
    > >
    > >
  2. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

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    I've had this come across my desk several times, cycloneman...here's the scoop from the following link:

    http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/a/a-card-for-you.htm

    "A Card for You"- "Virtual Card For You"-or "Postcard" Virus Warning-Fiction! & Truth!

    Summary of the eRumor
    The eRumor warns of a virus just discovered by Mcafee or Norton and classed by Microsoft as the most destructive ever.

    It says the virus destroys "Sector Zero" from the heard disk, sends itself to all the names in your email address book, wipes out the hard disk, and has caused a panic in New York, according to CNN.

    It says that the subject will be "A Card for You", "Virtual Card for You", or "Postcard." Some versions also say the subject will be "Postcard from Hallmark."

    The Truth
    This particular email is a hoax---although there has been a real "Postcard" virus.

    The hoax has circulated continuously on the Internet since at least 2001.

    There is no known virus called "A card for you" or "A virtual card for you."

    In July, 2007, someone added "Postcard" to the story and said that it had been verified as a true virus.

    Note: It is true that there was a virus that appeared in the summer of 2007 with a subject line of: "You've received a postcard from a family member." There were several other variations of the subject line that talked about a "card" or a "greeting card." But that virus had nothing to do with this false warning about "A card for you" or "A virtual card for you" and the warning that CNN had termed it the worst virus ever.

    Microsoft, Norton, or McAfee have had nothing to say about it except that it is a hoax.

    The CNN part of the eRumor was added by someone along the way.

    In June, 2008, someone added that the message in the virus was "POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK," which is also untrue.

    Updated 6/27/08
  3. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the info. like i said this was the first i heard of it and so ----- well there it is

    never mind

    :confused:
  4. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

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    No worries, cycloneman...I'd rather hear of a hoax virus 20 times, than NOT hear of a real one once! There's so much "stuff" out there, we have to help each other, so I appreciate your post :)
  5. jacksonco

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    Wow, it seems that you are always on top of these things 4ever. It is good to have one very good at researching rumors and disclosing the truth.
  6. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

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    Thanks, jacksonco....I don't like being duped by misinformation, and I especially don't like spreading it, so I've learned to check things out a lot in the last couple of years.

    I just wish the people who put these hoaxes together would get a life!! :)
  7. Marlin T

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    Hallmark sucks anyways so I never open any of there cards, so I'm safe hoax or not.

    They are on the boycot list due to there liberal anti gun stance.
  8. 1shot1k

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    :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D


    ...Hallmark...the virus that wouldnt die.........


    "if you get this email....turn off your computer and run away........better yet...... just go ahead and shoot yourself.......:D:D:D:D:D:D

    :D:D:D

    i cant type amymore..I .....:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
  9. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    Should we shoot the computer first? What would you recommend? A 12g seems best, but a mag of 9mm would probably do the job?
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