[HPN] virus alert - can anyone confirm?

Anitra Freeman anitra@speakeasy.org
Sun, 2 Apr 2000 15:25:15 -0700 (PDT)

Clues that a "virus alert" is a hoax:

1) Real virus alerts indicate which operating systems are affected.  Mac
users, for instance, are targeted by far fewer viruses than PC users.

2) Real virus alerts include a link to further information: if "IBM and
AOL have warned" about this virus, then they will have something up on a

3) Real virus warnings include information on how to clean your system
if you *do* get the virus.  There is always a way to de-virus your

When in doubt about any "forward this to all friends" email, check
http://www.snopes.com/ or http://urbanlegends.about.com/

Personally, I have never received *any* "forward this to all friends"
virus alert that *wasn't* a hoax.

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