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E-mail Virus Warnings
99% of e-mail virus warnings are hoaxes and the goal is to get you to pass the e-mail on as a chain letter and not to warn you of a virus (even if the virus happens to be real the warnings usually are not). Here are some basic rules:
- DO NOT FORWARD THE MESSAGE to all your friends. There are no actual virus warnings that are disseminated in this manner. If there is a real virus you will see it published in appropriate manners, on official antivirus Web sites, and most likely on the local and national news.
- It has been estimated that at any given time as much as one fourth (25%) of the backbone bandwidth is taken up with unnecessary email, specifically, chain letters and virus hoaxes. This loss of bandwidth is noticeable in the speed of your connection. A few of these hoaxes have even been known to choke down entire web sites because of the number of them.
- Go to an official Web site and look for hoaxes. All official antivirus sites contain libraries of hoaxes and actual viruses. Here's just a few: