You been had on this one Andy.. it is a Hoax :-)
This is one of the good places to check out virus announcements:
This info is from http://vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k=98893&
A Virtual Card For You Hoax is a - risk Hoax
A Virtual Card For You Hoax
11/16/00 11:16:45 AM
AVERT HOAX Notice!!
NAI Labs AVERT would like to inform you of a new email HOAX.
This email message is just a HOAX, currently we know of no other message
that the user will receive about the HOAX as the initial email states. AVERT
has not received any report of a user's hard drive being erased for opening
We are advising users who receive the email to delete it and DO NOT pass it
on as this is how an email HOAX propagates.
Below is the actual text from the message that may be received via email.
Recently a new virus was discovered that was classified by MICROSOFT
www.microsoft.com and by MCAFEE www.mcafee.com to be the most damaging of
all time! This virus was discovered late yesterday by MCAFEE and still there
is no development of a vaccine!
This virus simply writes zeros on the hard drive, where the vital
information for the operation of the PC is kept. The virus activates in the
1. By email it is received with the title 'A VIRTUAL CARD FOR YOU', when
opening the message, it sends itself to all in the address list soon...
2. It hangs the machine, forcing the user to reboot the system.
3. AT the moment in which the keys ctrl+alt+del or the RESET button is
pressed, it writes zeros to the hard drive making it unusable forever.
By the previous information, please, take precaution with the use of
electronic mail and, of course, if you receive an email which you do not
know the origin of, simply delete it without opening.
Please, send this message to the most people possible!!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew J. O'Brien" <obrienaj@...>
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 8:07 PM
Subject: [digitalradio] New Virus Alert
> > PLEASE READ ALL THE BELOW !!! Larry K4WLS
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Floyd Gerald" <floydgee@...>
> > To: "Michael W Mayer" <w5zpa@...>
> > Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 8:46 PM
> > Subject: Re: New Virus Alert
> > > From: Michael W Mayer <w5zpa@...>
> > > To: <mailto:Undisclosed-Recipient:@...>
> > > Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 6:46 PM
> > > Subject: New Virus Alert
> > >
> > >
> > > > Subject: FW: Virus alert/worst ever according to CNN
> > > > >
> > > > > PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERYONE ON YOUR CONTACT LIST!!
> > > > > A new virus has just been discovered that has been
> > > > > classified by Microsoft ( www.microsoft.com ) and by McAfee
> > > > > (www.mcafee.com )as the most destructive ever! This virus was
> > > > > discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee and no vaccine has yet
> > > > > developed.
> > > > > This virus simply destroys Sector Zero from the hard disk, where
> > > > > information for its functioning are stored. This virus acts in
> > > > > following manner: It sends itself automatically to all contacts
> > > > > list with the title "A Virtual Card for You". As soon as the
> > > > > virtual card is opened, the computer
> > > > > freezes so that the user has to reboot. When the ctrl+alt+del
> > > the
> > > > > reset button are pressed, the virus destroys Sector Zero, thus
> > > > > permanently
> > > > > destroying the hard disk. Yesterday in just a few hours this
> > > caused
> > > > > panic in New. York, according to news broadcast by CNN
> > > > > /http://www.cnn.com).
> > > > > This alert was received by an employee of Microsoft itself. So
> > > open
> > > > > any mails with subject "A Virtual Card for You". As soon as you
> > > > > mail, delete it. Please pass on this mail to all your friends.
> > > > > this
> > > > > to
> > > > > everyone in your address book. I would rather receive this 25
> > > than
> > > > > not
> > > > > at all. Also: Intel announced that a new and very destructive
> > > > > discovered recently. If you receive an email called "An Internet
> > > > > For
> > > > > You",
> > > > > do not open it. Delete it right away! This virus removes all
> > > link
> > > > > libraries
> > > > > (.dll files) from your computer. Your computer will not be able
> > > > > up.! !
> > > > > SEND THIS TO EVERYONE ON YOUR CONTACT LIST!!
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > >
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