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Moderators: Curt!, Pa

Post Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:49 pm
Pa Site Admin

Posts: 5802
Location: Ohio USA

Just passing this on.... Pa


Anyone-using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton Please send it to everybody you know who has Access to the Internet. You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled "Here you have it" If you open the file, a message will appear on your screen saying: 'It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful....'

Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC, And the person who sent it to you will gain access to your Name, e-mail and password. This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the anti virus software's are not capable of destroying it.

The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself 'life owner'.

PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS E-MAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, And ask them to PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY!

THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY SNOPES.

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


Posts: 426
Location: Tucson Arizona

LOL.....Urban Legend Pa

Analysis: This message contains a mixture of true and false information. Antivirus experts confirm there is an actual computer virus (or "worm," more properly) dubbed "Here You Have" because it downloads itself via links in emails with that title.

However, contrary to what's claimed above it does not circulate as an attached file, nor will inadvertently downloading it cause you to "lose everything in your PC," or cause your personal information to be transmitted to the author of the malicious program.

What it does do, should your PC become infected, is attempt to disable your antivirus protection and send copies of the email to everyone it finds in your address book. Symantec offers a removal tool and technical information here.

The false description of the virus appears to have been copied from a hoax circulating since 2002.

This should go without saying, but it's worth repeating for good measure: Never click on links in unsolicited emails or open unknown file attachments unless you're reasonably sure they're legitimate. This is how most computer viruses are transmitted.

Pa Site Admin

Posts: 5802
Location: Ohio USA

Kurt...then we can't trust "Snopes" anymore either ?


Posts: 426
Location: Tucson Arizona

In this case......no.

When you posted this thread I remembered something from when I was living in Holland and recalled it as being a hoax along with a few others during that time period. I just found a few links that had your post verbatim and only posted the response.

Kurt


Posts: 87
Being a suspicious sort, at the first posting I searched virus hoaxes and also found it to be a little on the hoaxy side.

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/here-you-hav ... hoax.shtml


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