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Thread subject: Computer Virus Warning
Name Date Message
Pam 07/14/05 12:14 pm Off topic but I hope a timely warning about a new computer virus - I quote a message passed on to me:
..... BIGGGG TROUBLE !!!! DO NOT OPEN "WTC Survivor " It is a virus that will erase your whole "C" drive.. It will come to you in the form of an E-Mail from a familiar person. I repeat, a friend sent it to me, but called and warned me before I opened it. He was not so lucky and now he can't even start his computer! I would rather receive this 25 times than not at all. So, if you receive an email called "WTC Survivor", do not open it. Delete it right away! This virus removes all dynamic link libraries (.dll files) from your computer"
Tiger 07/14/05 12:29 pm Beware Pam this sounds a hoax to me. I will check it out.
Tiger 07/14/05 12:30 pm Yes Pam:

See:

http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/hoaxes/wtcsurvivor.html

Tiger 07/14/05 12:34 pm You can alway tell something is a hoax if it urges you to mail everyone you know and sounds as if comes from an impeccable source.

On days when real dangerous viruses are on the loose I turn off my computer and turn on the television to listen to the news. If it makes the national news then it is dangerous.
Pam 07/14/05 12:42 pm Thank you for checking it out Tiger and sorry for the alarm bells. It came from a good source to me so passed it on in all good faith. Better safe than sorry I guess.
Cecilia 07/14/05 12:44 pm Don't you just hate these thngs?

I checked Urban Ledgends (Pam and everybody, this is a great resource for checking up on warnings, etc....It's @
http://urbanlegends.about.com/) and here's what they have to say:


Subject: Virus alert

BIGGGG TROUBLE !!!! DO NOT OPEN "WTC Survivor" It is a virus that will erase your whole "C" drive. It will come to you in the form of an E-mail from a familiar person. I repeat a friend sent it to me, but called and warned me before I opened it. He was not so lucky and now he can't even start his computer! Forward this to everyone in your address book. I would rather receive this 25 times than not at all. If you receive an email called "WTC Survivor" do not open it. Delete it right away! This virus removes all dynamic link libraries (.dll files) from your computer.


Comments: Ignore these warnings. According to every major antivirus lab, the so-called "WTC Survivor Virus" doesn't exist; these messages are hoaxes.

The bogus alerts began circulating roughly a month after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York. As in the case of the immortal Budweiser Frogs virus warnings (which are also false), it's likely that this prank was created in reaction to widely forwarded emails of the same name ΓΆ€” in this instance, containing miraculous or near-miraculous 9/11 survival stories in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy.




Tiger 07/14/05 12:51 pm Well you see in the case of hoax viruses you can become the virus yourself by spreading the warning.

There is one really cunning one that asks you to search for a certain file to see if you are infected. Of course the file you are asked to find is present on all Windows PCs. Thus you can imagine what happens when one finds it!

It has happened to me and I warned a number of people verbally about it. Yet one of these same people approached me to explain this problem they had......and it was the hoax I had warned him about.
Melanie 07/14/05 04:47 pm Another hoax is the "teddy bear" virus - tells you to actually delete a valid javascript handling file for Windows. If you are ever in question, go to Symantec.com at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/ and you can look up any virus or virus wannabee (including hoaxes).
Pam 07/14/05 05:01 pm Thanks for the advice Melanie and Tiger - I have learned a valuable lesson here today.

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