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Fw: VIRUS WARNING - This One's For REAL, Folks
Poster: "Rowanwald Central" <email@example.com>
I forward to you the message that was sent to me and checked out on the
hoax webpage, given the timeframe sited, I thought it should be passed
> This is from a New York Times article by Matt Richtell that I saw in the
> Francisco Examiner this morning. This one's for real, folks.
> The virus is named Melissa. It arrive in the form of an email with the
> subject line: "Important Message From"... next will be the name of
> KNOW. The message in the body of the letter reads: "Here is the document
> asked for ... don't show it to anyone else." Attached to it is a 40K MS
> document named "list.doc". If you open this document, it searches your
> address book, then replicates itself and sends itself to the first 50
> on your list.
> This virus first popped up last Friday, March 25th, and caused several
> to shut down their email servers. Experts fear that it will rampage
> morning when workers return to work and find this message in their
> It is known to spread rapidly with MS Outlook and MS Outlook Express
> programs. They have seen no evidence that it is able to open and use the
> address books in other email programs, "but they did not rule out the
> possiblity that it could and would do so."
> If you use MS Word, and use "macros" in MS Word, one fix is to disable
> macros in MS Word. Several anti-virus companies have software posted on
> websites for download that will detect and refuse the message containing
> virus. There is also a fix available at Sendmail's website at:
> You cannot get the virus UNLESS you open the attached .doc file.
> email messge alone will NOT give you the virus.
> Experts estimate that tens of thousands of computers were infested with
> virus on Friday, and that it is sitting there waiting for Monday morning
> explode and spread across the net like wildfire.
> Be wary, folks... this one is overwheming email servers and crashing
> systems.... and it IS for real.
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