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Yet another virus warning thread is floating around the Internet claiming the authenticity of CNN, Microsoft, and anti virus software companies. There are several variations on this virus from hoax to real. Lets take it safe and step by step:
Any virus warning that asks you to send this notice to all your friends is probably a joke.
Any virus warning that asks you to send this notice to all your friends AND has an attachment is not only a joke but might actually be a virus itself and you are spreading it.
There is a real Postcard virus that goes to a documented malware and spyware site called 123greetings – immediately delete anything from or to that site. Now the domain owners know that they are outed so they just go and set up another domain name for a few bucks and start over. As long as people do what they need so that they make money, they will just rinse and repeat their horrible antics.
The virus warning emals are in and of themselves potential viruses, denial of service attacks, annoying to your friends, may contain links to ad driven sites and can just make you look foolish for jumping the gun without checking your facts.
Never open any attachments unless you have a current anti-virus application providing layers of defense at the gateway, Exchange Server and on your desktop. And never open an attachment from someone you do not know or did not expect to receive. Does your grandmother who can barely use her computer suddenly learn to send you an attachment with the latest video game for you to play? Not likely – double check with her over email or the telephone BEFORE launching the application. And remember, just because she sent it to you doesn’t mean its not a piece of malware, spyware, a trojan or a virus. She might have picked it up at one of those sites and is sending it thanks to a handy button asking her to share the fun.
There are people all over this world desperate for money and willing to do anything, including damage your records, documents, computer, reputation, credit report or career. Be careful. Be wary. And be safe.
For more details, you can look up the old but often updated article at http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/postcard.asp