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posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 11:07 PM
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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.

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.

COPY THIS E-MAIL, AND SEND IT TO YOUR FRIENDS. REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US

Snopes lists all the names it could come in.
hoax or real you tell me




posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 11:08 PM
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posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 11:10 PM
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"Burning" the entire hard drive isn't possible. Making a hard drive seek in one spot, endlessly, thus destroying the surface of the drive, however is possible.

As a general rule I rarely open email attachments, and never so do, at all, without thoroughly scanning them, Even Grandma might have picked up an infection and that nice pic of her 87th birthday she's sending you might contain ickies.

~Heff



posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 11:12 PM
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Learn to use Linux, be free!



*Just wanted to be the first to say it, this time...



posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 11:25 PM
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urbanlegends.about.com...

and

antivirus.about.com...

and

www.snopes.com...

and

www.hoax-slayer.com...

and

en.wikipedia.org...

Take your pick or do a quick search like I did...



posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 11:34 PM
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superman2012 knows how to do it! five minutes research on the innernet can yield lots of good info.



posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 11:36 PM
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This email you received is a hoax this is just a remake of the Olympic torch email. First ill let you in on a little known secret Windows doesn't allow you to write to 0 sector impossible with the operating system since windows 2000. And boot sector viruses catch your system before it loads the operating system not after. Your BIOS merely passes control to whatever exists there, as long as the sector meets the very simple qualification of having the boot record signature of 0x55, 0xAA in its last two bytes. Since windows no longer allows direct write to hard drive the only way you need to worry about a boot sector virus is if you turn on your machine with a CD in the drive and it rewrites 0 sector before operating system boots or in other words giving control of your PC to another program known as boot managers.


PS the virus your pointing to on sopes is not what you think read it again. The warning your sending is talking about a url redirect when you click on the email and open the card. It sends you to a bad site where you pick up bad things but it doesn't erase your hard drive unless they format it by hiding the fact thats what your doing when your clicking on boxes. Windows will give you a message but the website sends a message do you want to leave now Y/N. You click yes and the drive reformats. Thanks to the INTERNET messages from your PC to you can be changed without your knowledge to say something totally different. When a website pops up any box be careful.
edit on 2/3/11 by dragonridr because: (no reason given)



posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 11:41 PM
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I hear about this (with exactly the same text) five or six times (perhaps more) a year.

Microsoft doesn't classify virii, CNN is not an authority on computer virii. But there are major companies (Symantec, Trend Micro, Kaspersky for example) who keep track of online threats and usually issue bulletins before any other groups even know there is an issue.

Don't even bother replying to, or forwarding, this e-mail thinking you are 'helping' others.

These 'spam delivery' messages have the email address of everyone who forwards them bound into the message (unless you use blind carbon copy which no-one seems to know how to use). All the spammer (who originally sent the message) has to do is wait for it to come back to them and then they have then harvested a bunch of verified legitimate email addresses to add to lists which they can sell to other spammers and use themselves.

To reply to such emails (iven if they appear legit) is inviting a torrent of spam. "Delete" is the best option.



posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 11:43 PM
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Oops, I meant "even" (spelling typo).



posted on Feb, 4 2011 @ 08:48 AM
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Ohhh! I know...soon, soon.




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