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  • I just received this message from a friend. Does MS have this handled? Has anyone else heard of this or encountered it?

    HUGE VIRUS COMING !!! PLEASE READ & FORWARD !!!
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    > http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/postcard.asp
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    > Hi All, I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this virus!
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    > I checked Snopes (URL aboveSmile, and it is for real!! Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts ASAP.
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    > 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.
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    > 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.
    Thursday, November 13, 2008 9:14 PM

Answers

  • From the Snopes link in your post:

    NOTE:   Readers should take particular care not to confuse the real postcard/greeting card virus with a number of virus-related hoaxes that have been circulating for several years. A variety of messages forwarded by well-intended people to warn others about the Postcard virus contribute to this confusion by including within them links to our article about the "Virtual Card for You" hoax (or by mistakenly incorporating elements from that hoax into their warnings).

     

    Although the Postcard virus is real, it isn't a "BIG VIRUS COMING" (it's already been around in multiple forms for a long time now), it will not "burn the whole hard disc" of your computer, CNN didn't classify it as the "worst virus" ever, and it doesn't arrive in messages bearing a subject line of 'Invitation.'

     

    Thursday, November 13, 2008 11:15 PM
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