Monday, November 24, 2008

Beware e-card Greetings...Virus Alert!

I'm not usually an 'alarmist'
but after seeing what happened when my
daughter's computer "went down"
and all of the information she lost because she
didn't save it on a disc...
I thought I'd pass along some information
I received in an email today.
"You should be alert during the next few days.
Do not open any message with an attachment entitled 'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,' regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer.
This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. This is the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
If you receive a mail called 'POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by a friend, do NOT open it! Shut down your computer immediately.
It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, 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 is kept."
There you have it...beware e-card greetings this year...even from family and friends.
Better to be safe...than sorry!


Anonymous said...

Here are some tips for safe ecard practices.

With the coming of the holiday season, you need to be careful with any email with links in them.

Anonymous said...

I've heard about this kind of thing.

You shoud be 100% positive about the address before opening the email.

CMZ Art/ Rustic Goth said...

I have opted...because of what was in the email I received..not to open any e-cards that I might get in the near future. I really can't afford to have my computer go down.
I am not as confident about the email address since I have actually been hacked within the past year..and spam email was going out from my IP address, at an alarming rate..unbeknown to me.
My internet provider immediately shut down my internet (which was how I discovered what had happened) until they were sure it wasn't from me...I don't know how it all therefore..I believe 'better safe than sorry'.