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m@m

« on: November 10, 2010, 17:39 »
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Hey guys, I got this warning from a reliable source this morning...
Sorry, I should have post it on the Off Topic area, anyhow I hope it helps someone.

Passing along this information to you.

READ IMMEDIATELY

VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ THIS--
These E-mails are floating around currently.  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 or Just for you.   If you open either 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

 

 

 

 
 
 
« Last Edit: November 10, 2010, 17:51 by m@m »


« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2010, 18:13 »
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I think this is another in a long line of largely false warnings. See here.

« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2010, 18:21 »
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who uses aol anymore?

« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2010, 18:26 »
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who uses a pc anymore?

m@m

« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010, 18:33 »
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I think this is another in a long line of largely false warnings. See here.


Thanks jsnover for clearing up the email warning :)

@cclapper- I do! ;)

« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 19:25 »
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who uses a pc anymore?

I do, and millions of people around the world too!  Come on!

vonkara

« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2010, 19:50 »
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Yes let's start a off topic PC-MAC war.


« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2010, 19:53 »
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It was a joke people, for gosh sakes!

Millions of people still use aol, too. How come you aren't jumping down VB Inc's throat?  ;D

A little sensitive, aren't we? Maybe because you are constantly battling viruses?
« Last Edit: November 10, 2010, 19:55 by cclapper »

« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2010, 02:44 »
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^^^I just use a few bits of free software and haven't had a problem for years.

« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2010, 02:48 »
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It's just one of those messages that people use to flood internet.

molka

    This user is banned.
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2010, 04:17 »
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Hey guys, I got this warning from a reliable source this morning...
Sorry, I should have post it on the Off Topic area, anyhow I hope it helps someone.

Passing along this information to you.

READ IMMEDIATELY

VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ THIS--
These E-mails are floating around currently.  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 or Just for you.   If you open either 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

 

 

 

 
 
 


or maybe that email was the virus : )

« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2010, 05:37 »
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I think this is another in a long line of largely false warnings. See here.


re Email "Alerts Verified by Snopes" (or) "Why I rarely open forwarded emails/alerts anymore":

A couple of well-meaning friends forward ongoing alerts with messages that include something along lines of "Verified by Snopes - here's the URL" - but 98% of time Snopes states message is either false, exaggerated, or years out-of-date. I think "partly true" is the best "review" the warnings ever got.

I wish there were a "Verified this is really Verified by Snopes" feature in email.
Say, typing the word "Snopes" in an email would open window where you put in Snopes URL. Then you'd go to it, keep browser window at page for X-amount of time, and then get to click: "My browser was opened to this Snopes page for at least 30 seconds before sending this message."  ;)

« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2010, 08:18 »
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http://www.symantec.com/business/security_response/threatexplorer/risks/hoaxes.jsp

Never ever send messages like this to others.
Nearly all are hoaxes and mostly they are circulating around the web for years.

« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2010, 12:25 »
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Just made me think I haven't received the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe in quite some time.  Maybe old mass e-mails really do die.

donding

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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2010, 13:24 »
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That just reminded me of the "real" virus that was going around in the 90's. It disabled your virus software and when you went on line and put in a web address it would send you to another one. Luckily I had more than one computer and was able to do a search on it and get the fix I needed. It was all because I hadn't updated Windows. Once I learned about AVG I haven't had one problem with viruses. The free virus software is much better than Norton or Macafee!!!

« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2010, 18:52 »
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Won't say free software is much better. It is good and sometimes it wins the tests. The bussinessversion from Norton used to be good in the past and nowadays McAfee is not bad. No software can find all viruses. As far as I know there is no really bad anti-virussoftware.
Only the ones that pop up on your screen to tell you that you have to download and install them quickly to protect you from viruses. When you do, you will find out that this software is a virus itself...
Antivir from Avira is also very good free antivirus software.
Personally I think that the leaks in software and the backdoors that can go around firewalls and antivirus software are the biggest problem. Security updates for ALL software on the pc are crucial, but propably not enough sometimes.
I am always telling people who ask me about security to put on the firewall in their modem/router AND use a password to be able to enter it.
Also use a software firewall and an antivirus program. Have a backup of their data and a double backup stored elsewhere when the data is very important.
Humans are the biggest problem!  :(
And when some go wireless they go wild! The whole city can have access! The chain is not stronger then the weakest link is...

RacePhoto

« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2010, 02:44 »
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Just made me think I haven't received the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe in quite some time.  Maybe old mass e-mails really do die.

Have you sent a postcard to the dying boy in Scotland? ;)  That goes back to dial-up days.

The $250 cookie recipe was originally Mrs. Fields cookie recipe in the 80s. Must have changed stores somewhere along the line.

Where's the "send this message to 15 friends and something amazing will happen, you'll get a free coupon for..." (or free something from) Microsoft or Disney. So tell me, how do these big companies know who you are sending emails to? I'd worry about that!

You are viewer ### click here for your free gift.

Especially love the one that flashes red and says "Your computer is infected with a virus. Install this software now." At which point I would have installed a worm or virus by clicking the link! LOL

How about the shipping company trying to contact you via email with a confirmation, which you need to unpack and run, to read. Hey wait, why don't they just send a PDF, and if they know who you are, and that they are shipping to you, how did they get your email address, but can't deliver the package? Doesn't this one fail the smell test?

I feel sufficiently warned for the last 30 or so years, that reading an email will not hard my system. However I do know for a fact that clicking a link or opening some attachment can do real harm.  Never open a zipped file from anyone, unless you know what it is! Even if it says you just won the lottery or a distant relative, you never knew you had, has suddenly left you millions of dollars.  ::)

Snopes.com approves this message


« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2010, 08:23 »
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People who write viruses these days want to turn your computer into zombie, not erase its contents.  They want it to send them your banking login info, it behooves them to leave your system viable so they can get the information back from the keystroke loggers, etc.

« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2010, 09:31 »
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Our internet provider does what every provider in the world should have to do: control all incoming and outgoing mail for viruses.
They send a warning or close your account temporarily when you have a virus on your computer that is sending spam. You will be back on-line when you have cleaned your computer. If they all did so, this problem was over at once.

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People who write viruses these days want to turn your computer into zombie, not erase its contents.  They want it to send them your banking login info, it behooves them to leave your system viable so they can get the information back from the keystroke loggers, etc.

You are right. And what is even more dangerous is the using of leaks in software.
There's only one way to stay absolutely safe from this problems: not using an internet connection. But then you get some difficulties with on-line banking, reading your mail and uploading to stockagencies... ;D

« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2010, 14:22 »
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Passing along this information to you.

Most of all the information that after 20 years of a quite public Usenet/Internet there are still people who believe in every crap they get via email and have nothing better to do than spreading this crap even further. OMG, that's already AOHell generation 2. Me too. Send pics. *yawn*

« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2010, 14:27 »
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I got this one just today. Do you think I should answer it?


Dear Friend,

Thank you for reading my mail. I am contacting you concerning a customer and an abandoned huge amount of money placed under our banks management years ago, I contacted you independently of my investigation and no one is informed of this communication and I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you and me and the family in future.

My name is Mr Ahmed Kadiri, I am the Auditing and Accounting Manager with Bank of Africa Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.In my department i discovered an abandoned sum of (US$10M DOLLARS) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer (MR. RICHARD BURSON from Florida, U.S.A) who died along with his entire family on November 1999 in a plane crash.

There is no person that is coming for the money that i why i am contacting you to stand for the claim of the money into your bank account. By all means you will be acting like his business partner to make claim of the money to your bank account, i promise you that i will direct you on how this transfer will go sucessfully if only you can abide to my instruction.

And after then will shall share in ratio of 40% for you and 50% for me while 10% for expenses Should you please contact me urgently so we can commence all arrangements and I Will give you more information on how we would handle this project successfully and also you will abide to my instruction.

Please treat this business with almost confidentiality and send me the Following:

(1.)Your full name...
(2)Your address...
(3)Your country..
(4) Your age...
(5)Your occupation.......
(6)Your Private Phone number,

I will send you my details of this transaction as soon as i hear from you thanks, trusting to hear from you immediately with your contact information,

My regards.

Mr Ahmed Kadiri

m@m

« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2010, 14:41 »
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Passing along this information to you.

Most of all the information that after 20 years of a quite public Usenet/Internet there are still people who believe in every crap they get via email and have nothing better to do than spreading this crap even further. OMG, that's already AOHell generation 2. Me too. Send pics. *yawn*

Obviously you've got very little to do as well since you've taken the time to write this crap after it has been established that my post was out dated news... :P
You're a day late and a dollar short...
« Last Edit: November 12, 2010, 15:08 by m@m »

donding

  • Think before you speak
« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2010, 15:15 »
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Passing along this information to you.

Most of all the information that after 20 years of a quite public Usenet/Internet there are still people who believe in every crap they get via email and have nothing better to do than spreading this crap even further. OMG, that's already AOHell generation 2. Me too. Send pics. *yawn*
 

At least he had the courtesy of passing it on, rather it was real or not. Have you ever been expecting a package from FED EX then you get one of the bogus FED EX spam e-mails? Well some times you don't know rather it is legitimate or not if you are actually expecting a package. Let it go....

m@m

« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2010, 15:21 »
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Thanks Donna...very well said:)
« Last Edit: November 12, 2010, 15:24 by m@m »

donding

  • Think before you speak
« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2010, 15:23 »
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Thanks Donna...very well said :)

Your welcome  ;)


 

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