adding names to msn may cause viruses?

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by =?Utf-8?B?QW5nZWw=?=, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. I have been getting quite a few emails saying not to add certain contact
    names to my msn as it may cause viruses are kill my hard drive etc.. eg:
    (email I got today)

    "someone by the name of j_neutron07 wants to add you to their list dont
    accept it. Its a virus. Tell everyone on your list because if somebody on
    your list adds them you will get it too. It is a hard drive killer and a very
    horrible virus. Please pass this on to everyone on your list. We need to find
    out who using these accounts. Sorry for the inconvenience. Right click on
    your group name of your buddy list and click Send Message to all. Copy and
    paste this message. Thanks"

    Is there any truth to these emails..I've tried searching for info about them
    but haven't found anything..so it makes me wonder if they are real or not..??
    Thank you for your time...
     
    =?Utf-8?B?QW5nZWw=?=, Jan 16, 2006
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  2. It sounds like an unimaginative variation on an Instant Messaging Hoax.
    The claims are certainly impossible.

    Symantec Security Response - YIM Hard drive killer Hoax
    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/yim.hard.drive.killer.hoax.html

    It's important to remember that almost _any_ email virus warning
    is a hoax, designed to do two things:

    1) Primarily to bog down email systems by having well-meaning but
    uniformed people send out hundreds of otherwise valueless email warnings.

    2) Cause unnecessary panic among those same people.

    When you receive a warning like this, the *first* thing you should do
    is check its veracity at one or more of the following web sites:

    Symantec Security Response - Hoax Page
    http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html

    F-Secure Security Information Center - Hoaxes
    http://www.f-secure.com/virus-info/hoax/

    Trend Micro Hoax Encyclopedia, alerts
    http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/hoaxes/hoax.asp


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    Bruce Chambers, Jan 16, 2006
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