Is the "A Card for You" warning a hoax?

Question

Just wanting to check out a new one that was emailed to me. Virus or Hoax?

Thank you! Tina

A new virus has just been discovered that has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive ever! This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee and no vaccine has yet ! been developed.

This virus simply destroys Sector Zero from the hard disk, where vital information for its functioning are stored. This virus acts in the following manner: It sends itself automatically to all contacts on your list with the title "A Card for You". As soon as the supposed virtual card is opened, the computer freezes so that the user has to reboot. When the ctrl+alt+del keys or the reset button are pressed, the virus destroys Sector Zero, thus permanently destroying the hard disk. Yesterday in just a few hours this virus caused panic in New York, according to news broadcast by CNN. This alert was received by an employee of Microsoft itself. Sodon't open any mails with subject: "A Virtual Card for You." As soon as you get the mail, delete it!! Even if you know the sender!!! Please pass this mail to all of your friends.

Answer

This question was answered on May 14, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This is one of many hoaxes that have been circulating for years...

You can visit the Virus/Hoaxes section of our web site to see common hoaxes or type 'hoax' in our search engine for a list of many common hoaxes.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on May 14, 2002