Tuesday, April 24, 2007

It's a hoax

One of my blogging friends has with great deal of concern sent me a warning about a 'virus' called Undretakeker_blackthunder I have checked at VMyths and with my Anti Virus Software Provider Kaspersky and there is no record of this so it is probably a hoax. I think we have all been caught with one of these at some time or another but here is some advice from the Kaspersky page.

How can you recognize a real virus warning from a hoax? And what do you do should your friends believe this bad joke?

The main rule: If the message did not come directly from an anti-virus-developer news service, then you should check the hoax sections at specialised Internet resources. We recommend you subscribe to the Kaspersky Lab Virus Encyclopaedia or check Rob Rosenberger's popular Virus Myths & Hoaxes Web site at VMyths.com. (Norton and McAfee have a hoax page as well.)

In case you don't find the virus alert you have received on these pages, then you should visit the news section on Kaspersky Lab Web site. Our experts are very fast in delivering breaking news about the latest virus outbreaks. Should there be any new outbreaks, you will find a corresponding notification at www.viruslist.com. In the event that you fail to locate any details regarding the virus mentioned in the alert, you should send a request to Kaspersky Lab technical support (support@avp.ru) for clarification.

What should you do if you have received a real virus hoax? Firstly, do not forward it to anyone else. The best way of handling such messages is to delete them immediately. Secondly, as fast as you can, notify the sender that he has fallen victim to a virus hoax. There is still a possibility he hasn't managed to send the "virus alert" to others, so by informing him of his error, you are helping him save his credibility for not crying "wolf," causing friends and colleagues unnecessary nerve-wracking moments.

In addition, it also needs to be mentioned that virus hoaxes carry an even more dangerous payload than simply scaring people with hollow alerts. It is possible that at sometime, a malefactor will write a virus, utilizing the nickname of a well-known virus hoax, thus, users-believing it is fine to do so-will

1 comment:

Jeni said...

Some good advice there, Vic. Another place one can check is either Snopes or Scopes (I think it is Snopes) to see if a notice about a virus is a hoax or not. They also give information about other things too -some of the stories that get circulated about missing children, other "legends" or stories and tell whether they are true or false and in many instances, even give the history behind them as well!