The Merry Christmas Virus Hoax

This post has been scheduled to appear as the clock ticks over to Christmas day here in the UK.

More than likely, I will have my children awake and asking to open their presents already!


Anyway, even though it is Christmas day, the bad guys and hoaxsters on the internet will not be resting.

So watch out for the following email –

Subject: FW: Virus alert


You should be alert during the next days:

Do not open any message with an attached file called “Merry Christmas” regardless of who sent it, It is a virus that opens as an Open Log Fire and will burn the whole hard disc in your computer.

This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.

If you receive a mail called “Merry Christmas”, though sent by a friend, do not open it and shut down your computer immediately. This is the worst virus announced, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.

This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.

Of course the email is nothing more than a hoax, very similar to the Olympic torch one I wrote about some time ago, but it does present a distraction that could lead to people then ignoring real virus warnings in the future.

When receiving such emails it pays to think, and also to have your anti-virus software fully up-to-date.


About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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