FAMILY PICTURES, Virus or Hoax?

Question

I got an email today about the 'family pictures' virus. It was from a reliable source, so I forwarded it on to some friends. I got an email this afternoon from someone who said that the alert was a hoax. (The alert--text below--said that Intel discovered it, which did raise some suspicions with me!) Have you heard of this one? Is it a true virus? The text for the alert I received is below:

DO NOT OPEN "NEW PICTURES OF FAMILY" It is a virus that

will erase your whole "C" drive. It will come to you in

the form of an E-Mail from a familiar person. I repeat a friend sent it to me, but called & warned me before I opened it. He was not so lucky and now he cant even start his computer!

Also: Intel announced that a new and very destructive virus was discovered recently. If you receive an email called "FAMILY PICTURES," Do not open it. Delete it right away! This virus removes all dynamic link libraries (.dll files) from your computer. Your computer will not be

able to boot up

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Thanks for your help!

Sue

Answer

This question was answered on April 4, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

A: Hello and thank you for sending your question.

Sad to say but true that there are some people in this world who does not have better things to do in their lives but make up "stuff" and try to scare people These kind of people feels like destroying other peoples sanity is their goal/mission in life.

Although there are real viruses that are out there that everyone should be aware of, these particular ones are just a bunch of hoaxes The text are copies of "The Pretty Park and Internet Flower For You Warning" that the author/s just changed names Most viruses come as an e-mail attachments.

My advice to everyone is "DO NOT OPEN SUSPICIOUS E-MAILS ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHO IT CAME FROM!"

Good luck,

LREVERT

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Posted by Leonida of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 4, 2001