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A.I.D.S Computer Virus Hoax

Summary:
Message claims that a computer virus called the A.I.D.S. VIRUS is circulating via email and will destroy your computer system.



Status:
False

Example:(Submitted, 2003)
This is VERY, VERY SERIOUS!!

Please forward it to everyone you know, they will be grateful. Important There is a virus out now being sent to people via e-mail. It is called the A.I.D.S. VIRUS. It will destroy your memory, sound card and speakers, drive and it will infect your mouse or pointing device as well as your keyboards (possibly motherboards) making what you type not able to register on the screen. It self terminates only after it eats 5MB of hard drive space and will delete all programs. It will come via E-mail called "OPEN: VERY COOL!:)". DELETE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Immediately!! it will basically render your computer useless. Please pass this on to everyone you know! PASS IT ON QUICKLY AND TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE



Commentary:
This pointless hoax began circulating in 1999. There is not, nor has there ever been, a virus that fits the characteristics of the one described in the email. Do not forward this email. It should be deleted.

References:
Symantec Security Response: AIDS Virus Hoax


Write-up by Brett M.Christensen