A few days ago I added an "old friend" - a hoax virus warning that has been doing the rounds for years. Within days it became the most visited page on this blog. Clearly it's still doing the rounds - you'd think it would be dizzy by now.
I've decided to add a few more old friends. How do I know they are fakes? The language is the give away. Shock, horror. Do not open. Worst virus ever. It will erase your C drive. Pass it on to everyone you know. Etc, etc, etc.
Plus. Just stop and think about it? What's the worst virus doing the round today? I'd say the fake AVG/Spybot one is a good contender. Did anyone send you a warning? No, of course not, you had to come here to find out it was a fraud, didn't you?
First up is our old friend Life Owner.
Subject: FW: E-MAIL VERY IMPORTANT WARNINGPlease Be Extremely Careful especially if 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 email with a Power Point presentation"Life is beautiful."If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, and deleteit immediately. If you open this 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 itto you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password.This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOLhas already confirmed the severity, and the antivirus 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 EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS and ask them to PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY.