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Generic virus alert!

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Joseph Augusta (jaugusta)
Sat, 18 Dec 1999 08:10:23 -0500


Several news programs have posted virus alerts stating that the Net is
flooded with viryses--due to the upcoming holidays. Many new viruses
are in the .exe files that seem to be sent to you by a friend--but a new
twist is to place the virus inside electronic greeting cards--Christmas
cards, etc. also seemingly sent from a friend. Generally the viruses
are date-sensitive so that nothing happens if you open the card, but the
virus will kick in on Dec. 25, or Jan. 1--and usually wipes out
everything on your hard drive. One programmer gave a demo. of a virus
he received in an electronic Christmas card--he changed his computer
clock to Dec. 25--and poof! the screen went blank--the hard drive was
wiped out (just like the day it came from the factory, he said) and
there was only a blinking cursor in the upper left corner of the
screen---Their advice is not to open any .exe or greeting cards--unless
you check with the person who is supposed to have sent it first---next,
not to send any cards or .exe files to anyone since the file may contain
a virus you're presently unaware of.

Best wishes,
Joseph

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