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iancol
Posts: 161
Registered: ‎04-28-2011
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Virus notification - Invitation FACEBOOK

H all,

 

I've jsut had this email from somebody I don't know.  Wot's up?  I couldn't find anyinformation on here about this "threat"

 

----- Forwarded Message -----

 

 PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS NOTICE TO YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CONTACTS!
> In the coming days, you should be aware.....Do not open any message 
with an attachment called: Invitation FACEBOOK, regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an OlympIc torch that burns the whole hard disc C of your computer.
> This virus will be received from someone you had in your address 
book. That's why you should send this message to all your contacts. It is better to receive this email 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
> If you receive an email called: Invitation FACEBOOK, though sent by a 
friend, do not open it and delete it immediately. It is the worst virus announced by CNN. A new virus has been discovered recently that has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.
> It is a Trojan Horse that asks you to install an adobe flash plug-in. 
Once you install it, it's all over. 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 of their function is saved.

> SNOPES SAYS THIS IS TRUE 
The link included prevents me posting, so I've amended it to get it thrugh by adding spaces:

http://w w w.s n o p e s.c o m/c o m pu t e r/v ir u s/f a c e b o o k.a s p
SendOfJive
Posts: 10,755
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Registered: ‎02-07-2009

Re: Virus notification - Invitation FACEBOOK

Hi iancol,

 

This is just a variant of a hoax that has persisted for many years.  Just delete the email, do not forward it.  Here is some information on this classic:

 

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/invitation-fb-virus-hoax.shtml

 

Your Snopes link concerns an unrelated issue.  Here is what Snopes says about this one:

 

http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/invitation.asp

 

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iancol
Posts: 161
Registered: ‎04-28-2011

Re: Virus notification - Invitation FACEBOOK

Hi,

 

Thanks for that.  Better safe than sorry.....

 

Cheers,

 

Ian Preddy

SendOfJive
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Re: Virus notification - Invitation FACEBOOK


iancol wrote:

Thanks for that.  Better safe than sorry.....


Yes, indeed.  Absolutely!