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Not sure if *Invitation* is a real threat? or OlymicTorch ?

By TonyGuitar
Jun 9, 2006
  1. This is a cut and paste of an Email from a friend about *invitation* and the Very Damaging Olympic Torch Virus that causes a mess to your Hard Drive.

    Any truth to this warning? First I heard of it . TG

    [long strings of other cc addressees removed.] June 9/2006
    ==========================
    > Virus Warning!
    > Body: PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS:
    > You should be alert during the next days:
    > Do not open any message with an attached filed called
    > "Invitation"
    > regardless of who sent it
    > It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which "burns" the whole hard
    > disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who
    > has your e-mail address in his/her contact! list, that is why you
    > should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive
    > this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it. !
    > If you receive a mail called "invitation," though sent by a friend, do
    > not open it and shut down your computer immediately.
    > This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by
    > Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.
    > This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair
    > yet for this kind of virus.
    > This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the
    > vital information is kept.
    > SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW, COPY THIS E-MAIL AND SEND IT
    > TOYOUR FRIENDS AND REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT
    > ALL OF US
    =================

    This may useful? From Yahoo sources. I*m not sure. TG
     
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    I never forward chain mail. If your system is well guarded, I wouldn't worry too much.
     
  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    It`s a hoax. Take a look HERE.

    Nothing to worry about.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  5. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Beat ya too it howard :haha:
     
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes this time lol.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  7. TonyGuitar

    TonyGuitar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    Yes, Yes, I should have checked...however,

    Two things. This puts the name of a current chain letter in front of many who may have wondered about it

    Secondly, this has made it clear that the **Chain Letter** method of getting the word out is NOT effective in terms of numbers and only serves to clutter up an already overburdened Email environment.

    All to obvious to those who have been wallowing in the net for years. Not so obvious, at first, to those of us who have worked with computers but avoided the net until just recently.

    There is a learning curve to novices and I am proud to look the fool for all my novice fellow travellers.

    The directions for a quality post are very worthy. I certainly could have learned the picture quickly with a bit of Google.

    This way however, I hope to bring along a number of fellow newbies and provide them the same light that I now see.

    This site was kind of interesting;

    www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/olympicvirus.html
    >
    > So now you no longer have to be duped by these chain letters.
    >
    > Cheers, TG

    PS, How many of you have your browser set to intercept every cookie setting attempt and ask your permission? I usually deny all cookie attempts except for sites like this one where I return often.

    99% of web pages will still be readable to you even though you deny the setting of cookies. Saves a lot of trash collecting for pages you will never likely visit again. TG
     
  8. altheman

    altheman TS Rookie Posts: 425

    I never forward any of these emails (and i get a hell ova lot of 'em.)

    a simple search on the mcafee site tells you that its a hoax. but the average joe will believe it, and forward it.
     
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