A Really Bad Virus Alert

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
August 8, 2007 9:14pm CST
I just got this e-mail from a friend of mine...and thought I'd pass it on to you...Now I have a Mac computer so we Mac users are well protected, but you folks with PCs may not be despite all the virus protection. I was particularly noticing this virus alert as in my spam folder I've been receiving a lot of e-mail from supposed friends that have sent me a card...well all I've been doing is deleting away...Here is the e-mail notice I got in full Quote: ...."A new virus has just been discovered that has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive ever. This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee . This virus simply destroys Sector Zero from the hard disk, where vital information for its functioning are stored. This virus acts in the following manner: It sends itself automatically to all contacts on your list with the title: "You've received a Post Card from a Family member". As soon as the supposed virtual card is opened the computer freezes so that the user has to reboot. When the ctrl+alt+ del keys or the reset button are pressed, the virus destroys Sector Zero, thus permanently destroying the hard disk. Yesterday in just a few hours this virus caused panic in New York , according to news broadcast by CNN. This alert was received by an employee of Microsoft itself. So don't open any mails with subject: "A Post Card from ....." As soon as you get the mail, delete it !! Even if you know the sender !!!..."
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17 responses
• Philippines
9 Aug 07
Thanks pyewacket for your kind advice and for sharing this information to us. Many would benefit from this information you have shared to us. This is very terrible, that is why, we should always be careful especially when we are going to read our emails. Is there a remedy on this if ever you were infected with this very "destructive virus?" Take care and have a nice day! Regards,
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I have no idea if there is a remedy for it....since I have a Mac computer I generally don't need to worry about viruses....but I still won't open strange e-mails
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
9 Aug 07
OMG, I get few if those...it makes me think...I have to run and back up my files, you never know.... I have to say that gmail is really good selecting emails to my spam box, so I don’t have to do anything, just to delete them all...
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I always back up my computer once a month...just in case
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
9 Aug 07
I was thinking to get gmail account myself. Yahoo missed now and then, but I just knew it was fishy so never opened them
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I like gmail very much...:)
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Thank you for posting this hon. I hope you don't mind, but I'm adding a link to the article on the virus on Snopes that backs you up on this, since I know that there are a lot of Snopes fans out there that will question the validity of it: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/postcard.asp I knew nothing of this until I read your discussion, and I really appreciate you posting it.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Thanks for posting that...yes I've gotten notices of receiving an e-card from family members, classmates...and the funniest I thought..a worshipper..I found that funny since I follow a more pagan path..LOL
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
9 Aug 07
LOL! I bet that sent you into a big giggle fit, didn't it? LOL
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@brendakaya (2335)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Thanks fot the info. I receive several of these, everyday. When they first started coming, I almost opened one. Thank goodness, I stopped, before I did. It just seemed fishy to me. Take care.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Well I knew they were fishy when some said I had a card from a family member..what family member? Unless my cats are sending me cards--LOL
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• United States
10 Aug 07
They are my favorite family members, whether they send me cards or not. lol
@Buchi_bulla (8302)
• India
9 Aug 07
I am receiving this sort every day. I delete it. Anyway thanks for alerting Mylot members. Thanks.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I just delete them too
@mamakat0 (209)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I have been getting that email everyday sometimes four times or more a day.I only have one person send me something and they have not set me nothing in six months. So I have been deleting right and left.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I've been deleting them myself..
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Well Pye, once again us Mac people can sit back and relax ( I hate to use the word gloat) but so far we are pretty lucky. You know, I have received postcards from 'friends' that are .exe files, which I can't run but I wonder if they are a virus. BTW...can you post pictures in discussions..I can't! I can attach and see them, but they never get displayed.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Hehe..yup we Mac users can gloat a bit.. Yes, I've been able to post pictures in discussions...how are you doing them...describe what you do, then maybe I can figure out what's going wrong
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Thanks, I'll watch for it.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Better to be safe...right?
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@gabs8513 (48714)
• United Kingdom
10 Aug 07
Well it looks like they are certainly all coming out of the woodwork at the moment Thanks for this Sweetie
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Aug 07
It does seem like there are a lot of viruses going around
@Darkwing (21588)
9 Aug 07
Thank you for this information Pye. It seems to me they do this periodically, so it's best only to open cards and e-mails with the precise name of a friend or family member on. Thanks for the warning though, my friend and Brightest Blessings.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
10 Aug 07
I never open anything either unless I know for sure who it's from
• United States
9 Aug 07
I've seen that virus alert circulating a few times. Though it's a good one to pass around. I keep a look out for those things everyday when I am online. Cause I really don't need my computer wrecked. Thanks for sharing that.
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@sandwedge (1341)
• Malaysia
9 Aug 07
i have been getting those for over a month now. my friends kows very well i HATE internet e-card greetings and never in their life would consider sending me one. when this started coming in, the header DOES NOT SHOW the same address as the "Reply To:" i knew my friends were spared my e-card wrath and just another season of trojan/virus/malware starting.
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• Portugal
9 Aug 07
It's only an hoax... it's purpose is precisally to alarm people and generate network traffic when you warn all your friends. I always delete those messages and don't help spreading them.
@bambi_doe (566)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I have been receiving those at least 6 a day that states you have am e-card from a clasmate or a friend or a church member or ect. I do not even open them I just delete them. hugs
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Oh my god. I got those cards to, and at first I did try to open it. this was like 3 weeks ago. My computer did freeze, and I had to reboot it. the card did not actually open though. I guess I was lucky. I haven't opened any since. I just delete them. I get like 3 a day.
• Philippines
9 Aug 07
I am glad that I am deleting mails from unknown sources. You know hackers are very good in creating viruses and they know what to choose. They always make use of sentimental topics like that "Postcard from a family member" Not just that, they sometimes use songs. I would always receive song lyrics on my computer and they leave worms when opened.
• United States
9 Aug 07
I have heard of this virus and I have at least safeguarded others from it by putting a phony e mail address at the beginning of my address book so it can't send out. It stops when it can't send itself out.