A New Virus

My family slays me. I open an email from my Mom, who always sends me these “updates” on viruses, because she loves me and knows my world would end if my computer died. But they all get so concerned, and then they fall for this stupid stuff. Check out the email (my comments in italic parentheses):

Hi guys, read about the virus discovered yesterday. Better safe than
sorry.

Love you!

Mom

—–Original Message—–
From: Aunt Chris
Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 10:32 AM
To: (All family and friends)
Subject: FW: Read ASAP New Virus

My daughter sent me the message below. She received from her IT Manager. (someone who should know better than to send this out without checking and thereby creating a panic) Just an FYI and a precaution. Hope all is well.

Aunt Chris

—–Original Message—–
From: (Cousin)
Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 9:38 AM
To: (all her sisters and brothers and family)
Subject: FW: Read ASAP New Virus

—–Original Message—–
From: (Cousin’s IT Manager)
Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 7:57 AM
To: (A bunch of people who work for my cousin’s company)
Subject: FW: Read ASAP New Virus


>>>>
>>>> Warning :READ AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (urgent urgent urrrrrgent!!!)
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I checked snopes.com and this is for real.. (yeah, so did I. And it’s a hoax.) Get this
>>>>sent
>>>>around to your contacts ASAP…we don’t need this
>>>> spreading around…..
>>>>
>>>> PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND
>>>>CONTACTS:
>>>>
>>>> You should be alert during the next (few) days:
>>>>
>>>> Do not open any message with an attached filed called
>>>>”Invitation”
>>>> regardless of who sent it, It is a virus that opens an
>>>>Olympic Torch
>>>> which “burns” the whole hard disc C of your computer (nice grammar and punctuation, peeps.).
>>>>
>>>> This virus will be received from someone (very vague, no?) who has your
>>>>e-mail
>>>>address in
>>>> his/her contact list, that is why you should send this
>>>>e-mail to all
>>>> your contacts. (runon sentence) It is better to receive this message 25
>>>>times
>>>>than to
>>>> receive the virus and open it. (shyah, right.)
>>>>
>>>> If you receive a mail (an email) called “invitation”, though sent
>>>>by a
>>>>friend, do
>>>> not open it and shut down your computer immediately (and stop working and go home and drink hot cocoa! yay!).
>>>>This is
>>>>the worst
>>>> virus announced by CNN (because CNN knows their viruses), it has been classified by
>>>>Microsoft
>>>>as the most
>>>> destructive virus ever (but we haven’t heard boo about it in the news for destroying all these corporate computers because it is so lethal and secret.).
>>>>
>>>> This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday (what day was that again? Yesterday? Oh, well, then, it must have been yesterday), and there
>>>>is
>>>>no repair
>>>> yet for this kind of virus (fearmongering). This virus simply destroys
>>>>the
>>>>Zero Sector
>>>> of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept (technical jargon that sounds right, and important, and, ooooh, did they say VITAL?!?) .
>>>>
>>>> SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW,
>>>>
>>>> COPY THIS E-MAIL AND SEND! IT TO YOUR FRIENDS
>>>>
>>>> AND REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT
>>>>ALL
>>>>OF US
>>>>
>>>>

I love my family.