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Virus Hoaxes

So, your friend has sent you a note warning that he or she has a virus.  He or she may suggest that you tell as many people as possible about this latest threat. 

Now, you are no doubt a conscientious member of the Internet community, but before you click "Forward" and load up as many addresses as you can in the To: field, pause for a moment.  Could this be a hoax?  Frequently, the answer is "yes." 

Hoaxes are not only a waste of time but they can also encourage people to do destructive things to their machines like removing important files.  Next time you get a virus warning from a friend or colleague, take a moment to review this information from Sophos:

You might also be interested in Sophos' list of top hoaxes below.

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