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Norton (Symantec Security Response) and McAffee uncover hoaxes on a
regular basis. These hoaxes usually arrive in the form of an email. Please
disregard the hoax emails - they contain bogus warnings usually intent only on
frightening or misleading users. The best course of action is to merely delete
these hoax emails. Please refer to this page whenever you receive what appears
to be a bogus message regarding a new virus, or promotion that sounds too good
to be true.
Just enter the file name, the virus name, a keyword from the message, etc.
into the search engine below (in the "limit search to" box) and click
on "Search now".
||Search for a potential virus
If you don't find it there, double check Symantec (Norton
Anti-Virus) page: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html
and McAffee's page: http://vil.mcafee.com/hoax.asp
And McAffee has a great listing of all virus's - real and fake - at: http://vil.mcafee.com/default.asp?
Click here for a list of real viruses
Click here for a list of fake,
- Do not open any files attached to an email from an unknown,
suspicious or untrustworthy source. Photos ( with .jpg, .gif, .bmp
extensions) and sound (.WAV, MP3) and video (.AVI, MPEG) files are safe
- Do not open any files attached to an email unless you know what it
is, even if it appears to come from a dear friend or someone you know. Some
viruses can replicate themselves and spread through email. Better be safe
than sorry and confirm that they really sent it.
- Do not open any files attached to an email if the subject line is
questionable or unexpected. If the need to do so is there always save the
file to your hard drive before doing so.
- Delete chain emails and junk email. Do not forward or reply to any
to them. These types of email are considered spam, which is unsolicited,
intrusive mail that clogs up the network.
- Do not download any files from strangers.
- Exercise caution when downloading files from the Internet. Ensure
that the source is a legitimate and reputable one. Verify that an anti-virus
program checks the files on the download site. If you're uncertain, don't
download the file at all or download the file to a floppy and test it with
your own anti-virus software.
- Update your anti-virus software regularly. Over 500 viruses are
discovered each month, so you'll want to be protected. These updates should
be at the least the products virus signature files. You may also need to
update the product's scanning engine as well.
- Back up your files on a regular basis. If a virus destroys your
files, at least you can replace them with your back-up copy. You should
store your backup copy in a separate location from your work files, one that
is preferably not on your computer.
- When in doubt, always err on the side of caution and do not open,
download, or execute any files or email attachments. Not executing is the
more important of these caveats. Check with your product vendors for updates
which include those for your operating system web browser, and email. One
example is the security site section of Microsoft located at http://www.microsoft.com/security.