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Old 02-02-2001, 09:18 PM   #4

Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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This is most certainly a hoax.

For a start, Microsoft and AOL never issue virus warnings. CERT or Network Associates usually takes care of this. Even then, the warning won't arrive as unsolicited mail to your inbox.

These hoaxes are as effective as viruses, because many newbies do indeed forward them to everyone in their address book, thus causing potentially as much network damage as users infected with Melissa, or similar.

Just make sure that you have a quality virus scanner installed on your computer (I recommend Norton AntiVirus 2001, which scans all emails before they even reach your computer), and delete these so-called virus warnings when you receive them - even if they are sent by friends with good intentions.

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