PC Security - Virus Hoaxes
We all seem to live in fear of computer viruses, and
this leaves us wide open for less than reputable people to play on those
fears with virus hoaxes. A computer virus can cost a great deal of time,
which may result in lost income, and of course programs that do not work.
However, a hoax can be just as costly.
You've probably seen those emails warning you of a new virus. You may have
seen such warnings on message boards and such as well. The message will tell
you what a serious threat this virus is, and will advise you to spread the
word about it by telling everyone you know. Because of this, virus hoaxes
often circulate more widely than actual viruses do!
If you sent the message on to ten people, and each person sent to ten people,
it would only take a matter of a couple of hours before there were ten million
emails circulating with the virus hoax, even though the majority of the people
warning others don't realize that it isn't a real virus! This 'notification'
action itself clogs networks and slows the Internet down greatly! Servers
and routers start crashing. Now, the 'threat' has turned into something very
People don't take the time to educate themselves before they start forwarding
the message along. This is the biggest problem. For instance, there is a
virus hoax that has been circulating since 1995! This hoax warns of a
non-existent virus called Deeyenda, and even states that the FCC has issued
warnings about it. The virus does not exist, and the FCC has issued no such
warning about it, but this information could easily be proven false by visiting
the FCC website and looking up information on it. In fact, the FCC doesn't
issue virus warnings at all.
Some hoaxes get even more serious, in that they tell the user that they should
immediately delete certain files from their system or that something terrible
is going to happen. These files that are supposedly 'dangerous' are actually
operating system files which will leave your system unusable until you reinstall
the operating system.
The key to fighting virus hoaxes is to use common sense and educate yourself.
Before you start forwarding information along, take the time to research
the supposed threat. Some hoaxes will contain detailed technical information,
most of which is impossible or downright false. Again, educate yourself,
and learn the language!
If a real organization or company is mentioned in the 'warning' go to that
company or organization's website and look for the information. If you don't
find it, the chances are good that the email you received was a hoax.
PC Security: Index
Stopping Spam Part 1
Stopping Spam Part 2
PC Security: Spam
Email Security and Spam
Protecting Computers From Viruses
Trojan Horse Viruses
Removing a Virus
Cell Phone Viruses
Firewalls Part 1
Firewalls Part 2
Security: Parental Control Software
Malware - Spyware and Adware
Pop Up Windows
Security: Safe Public Computer Use
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