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Virus Hoaxes

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by cassanova, Apr 17, 2003.

  1. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I got this in my email from hotmail. I thought it made for an interesting read. Granted alot of its common sense stuff. But Im sure there are some people out there who have no idea that its false. Some of you even send me some of these hoax emails. So I thought Id post this just as a FYI kinda deal.

    Virus Hoaxes, Click Here
  2. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    I got that email too. Its bad enough the cyber world has to worry about hackers and actual viruses. Now we got people making hoaxes and fake viruses :rolleyes:

    How can people actually get some entertainment or satisfaction from potentially destroying a total stranger's computer....?
  3. sigterm

    sigterm ;) ;) ;), love y'all Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Atlanta G of A
    im sure symantic and mcafee don't mind a bit.
  4. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I used to email a friend the words "GOOD TIMES" every few months. Even the 10th time it was good for a laugh. :)
  5. It may just be me but I think a lot of the virus companies have on staff people creating a lot of the viruses.
    Some of them are just a little to extreme for someone with nothing better to do.
  6. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
  7. And you view.
    Seems to work, we have installed it for lots of customers that need free antivirus. The only problem I have had is that some viruses are to much for the software.
    In that case we will uninstall it, use some sort of tool to fix the problem usually from www.ca.com
    and then put the AVG www.grisoft.com back on.
    Most viruses seem to target Norton, Mcafee, and AVG so they must be pretty popular. All and all it seems to do a pretty good job. Autoupdates, email.

    I usually stay away from Norton and Mcafee only because I got sick of Norton slowing down machines and Mcafees cures revolving around buying a new version of their software.
  8. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I've been recommending it as Norton and McAfee don't really seem worth the money in comparison. good to hear that someone who knows what they are doing uses it.
  9. Just because I get paid for knowing what am doing doesn't mean I do. Good posture and a smile will let you get away with a lot. :D
  10. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Then we have the same M.O.
  11. I use AVG, and think it's great. doesn't slow things down much at all.....

    and for the hoaxes.....whenever you get an email warning you of a 'virus', no matter how plausible, check out urbanlegends website. they've got people who look into all the email hoaxes. they'll have usually 3 or 4 versions of one email (different mutations,variants) and a clear explanation of why it isn't a threat, or why it IS a threat, which, of course, is rare.

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