Virtual Card (A Virtual Card For You)

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Urban Legend

Chain Mail



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Virtual Card is not a virus. It is a hoax. The "virus" does not exist. There is currently no virus that has the characteristics ascribed to Virtual Card. It is a sham, meant only to panic new or inexperienced computer users.

It is currently doing the rounds again (March 2002).

Here's yet another new variant that appeared in August 2001.

   WORST EVER VIRUS (CNN announced)


   A new virus has just been discovered that has been
   classified by Microsoft as the most destructive ever!

   This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by
   McAfee and no vaccine has yet been developed. This
   virus simply destroys Sector Zero from the hard disk,
   where information for its functioning are stored.
   This virus acts in the following manner:

   It sends itself automatically to all contacts on your
   list with the title "A Virtual Card for You." As soon
   as the supposed virtual card is opened, the computer
   freezes so that the user has to reboot.

   When the ctrl+alt+del keys or the reset button are
   pressed, the virus destroys Sector Zero, thus
   permanently destroying the hard disk.

   Yesterday in just a few hours this virus caused panic
   in New York, according to news broadcast by CNN.

   This alert was received by an employee of Microsoft
   itself. So don't open any mails with subject: "A
   Virtual Card for You." As soon as you get the mail,
   delete it. Please pass this mail to all of your

   Forward this to everyone in your address book.

   I would rather receive this 25 times than not at all.
   Also: Intel announced that a new and very destructive
   virus was discovered recently.

   If you receive an email called "An Internet Flower
   For You," do not open it. Delete it right away! This
   virus removes all dynamic link libraries (.dll files)
   from your computer. Your computer will not be able to
   boot up!!

Here's another new variant that also appeared in January 2001.

Here's a new variant that appeared in Januray 2001
Here is another variant of this hoax (this variant was originaly in Spanish):

The 'original' hoax message included the following "warning:"

spreading through the lists of roots web. One
of the was is gets around the filters and other
protection devices that roots web has is through
ruses like this. It's a virus that mails itself
using names it pickup up from the computers it
gets into.  Do Not Trust this simply because it
mentions Cynthia's name. It is also using her
e-mail address. This is one of those viruses
Cynthia has been warning us about.  I've been
seeing it on other lists that I belong to.
I can't type the name of the virus. According
to the semantic sight just typing certain word
will send this insidious thing along to others.
I've seen it happen once tonight in a message
I sent to another list. I am not going to put
that on this list. I've already updated my
anti virus program since then, but I'm not going
to take the chance.

There are two ways this virus is being spread.
One is through a specific web address, the other
is through a greeting card invitation like this one.
The web address appears as a hyper link. Another of
the things that is happening is people are getting
e-mails sent to them from themselves. These
e-mails contain the virus.

This is another variant posted in 2001.


******* IT IS REAL AND NOT A JOKE: If you receive an email titled "blue horseshoe loves Harrison" DO NOT OPEN IT!!! It will erase everything on your hard drive. This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; AOL states that this is a very dangerous virus, much worse than "Melissa," and that there is NO remedy for it at this time. Some very sick individual has succeeded in using the reformat function from Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase all documents on the hard drive. It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It destroys Macintosh and IBM compatible computers. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. PLEASE pass this warning along to EVERYONE in your address book and please share it with all your online friends ASAP so that this threat may be stopped.

Please practice cautionary measures and tell anyone that may have access to your computer. Forward this warning to everyone that might access the Internet.

Please ignore any messages regarding this supposed "virus" and do not pass on any messages regarding it. Passing on messages about this hoax serves only to further propagate it.