The following email is an extremely old hoax that I first saw maybe six or seven years ago.
However, I have just received it again so it looks like someone may have resurrected it –
plz send it to all friend…….
This information arrived this morning, from Microsoft and Norton.
Please send it to everybody you know who accesses the Internet.
You may receive an apparently harmless email with a PowerPoint presentation called “Life is beautiful.pps” (“lifeisbeautiful.pps”).
If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, and delete it immediately. If you open this file, a message will appear on your screen saying: “It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful”, subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC and the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, email and password.
This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon.
WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS VIRUS.
UOL has already confirmed its dangerousness, and the antivirus Softs are not capable of destroying it. The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself “life owner”, and who aims to destroying domestic PCs and who also fights Microsoft in court! That’s why it comes disguised with extension pps. He fights in court for the Windows-XP patent.
MAKE A COPY OF THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.
It’s easy to tell that this virus warning is a hoax for many reasons.
One of the main ones is the fact that it references Microsoft who are not in the anti-virus business as such in the first place.
Also, asking people to distribute the email for them is not the way any reputable anti-virus company works.
Lastly, the fact that it claims PowerPoint could be infected is possible but highly unlikely unless you have a very old version that has never been patched or updated.