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Virus Hoaxes and Urban Legends

Friends tell friends that an email had a virus. Friends tell friends about people in need. Friends also pass along false alarms. How do you know when a virus warning is real, or if there really is a dying boy who wants postcards?

A recent email message asked people to delete a specific file with a supposed virus. But, there was no virus--and the file was an important one that should not be deleted.

Don't fall for hoaxes. Don't perpetuate urban legends. Be sure. Check them out at these sites:

Urban Legends

Urban Legends Reference Pages

The Urban Legends Web Site

Virux Hoaxes

F-Secure: Security Information Center

Symantec Security Response

McAfee Virus Hoax List - Truth About Virus Myths & Hoaxes

Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory Capability

Credibility of Information

How To Evaluate Internet Research Sources

How To Evaluate Information Sources