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Garbled and Misleading 'MAS Overboard Movie' Virus Warning
Alert circulating via text message and social media posts warns users not to open a 'MAS overboard movie' about the lost Malaysian Airlines flight because it contains a virus that will delete phone contacts. The message also warns users not to open emails with specific names because they contain a virus that will delete everything on the user's hard drive.

Published: April 24, 2014

System32 Virus Hoax
Circulating social media message claims that a folder named "System32" is a harmful computer virus. The message tells how to locate the folder and claims that deleting it will restore a high speed Internet connection.

Published: June 6, 2013

'Windows Live Update' Sector Zero Virus Hoax
Message circulating rapidly via social media posts and email warns users to watch out for messages with an attached file called "Windows Live Update" or "Archive (Windows Live)" because it contains the most destructive computer virus ever.

Published: September 6, 2012

RockMelt Virus Warning Hoax
Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open any message about a new browser called RockMelt because it is a virus.

Published: April 16, 2012

Bogus Warning - 'BBQ Enthusiast' Avatar on Cafe World is a Trojan Horse Viruse
Message circulating on Facebook warns Cafe World users not to click on an avatar named "BBQ ENTHUSIAST" because it is a "trojan horse virus".

Published: November 28, 2011

Farmville White Gift Box Virus Warning Hoax
Facebook message warns Farmville players not to open a white gift box surrounded by blue lace because it is a virus.

Published: Spetember 11, 2011

Invitation FB Olympic Torch Virus Hoax
Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open an attachment called "Invitation Fb" or "Invitation FACEBOOK" because it will launch an "Olympic torch" virus that destroys the hard drive of the infected computer.

Published: August 3, 2011

Fake Virus Warning - Do Not Add 'Howard Hertzberg' Because Its a Virus
Message circulating via social networks and email warns users not to add somebody called Howard Hertzberg to their friend list because it is a virus.

Published: May 20, 2011

False Warning - Do Not Add 'Jason Lee' Because Its a Virus
Message circulating via social media warns users not to add somebody called "Jason Lee", "Linda Smith", "Jason Allen" or "Amy Allen" to their friend list because it is a virus. Other versions warns users not to add Raquel Critelli or Kelly Hargrove.

Published: April 6, 2011

False Virus Warning - Do Not Add 'Smartgrrl15' Because Its a Virus
Message circulating via social media warns users not to add somebody called "SMARTGRRL15" to their friend list because it is a virus.

Published: March 25, 2011

Christmas Tree App Virus Hoax
Messages circulating rapidly on Facebook warn users not to install the "Christmas tree app" because it is a destructive trojan virus.

Published: November 24, 2010

Revamped 'Life Owner' Hoax Uses Name of Real Virus - 'Here You Have It' Hoax Version
Message warns users to watch out for emails with the subject "Here you have it" because they contain a very dangerous computer virus that allows a hacker named "life owner" access to the infected computer. The warning claims that the user will lose everything on the infected computer and that the virus cannot be removed by anti-virus software.

Published: October 15, 2010

Kleneus66 Virus Hoax
Message warns that an email that includes little red shoes dancing and offers the recipient a thousand free songs actually contains the Kleneus66 virus which will destroy the hard drive on the infected computer.

Published: September 20, 2010

Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
Post circulating via Facebook warns users not to open any message about "a girl who killed herself over something her father wrote on her wall" because the message contains a self-replicating Trojan virus.

Published: August 13, 2010

Resignation Of Barack Obama Virus Hoax
Message warns recipients not to open an email with a subject or attachment titled "Resignation Of Barack Obama" or "Postcard From Bejing" because it contains a virus that will destroy the hard drive on the infected computer.

Published: July 6, 2010

Gordon Brown Smiling Virus Hoax
Message claims that emails featuring photographs of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown smiling contain a dangerous computer virus that will crash your computer and damage it beyond repair.

Published: February 3, 2010

Black in the White House Virus Hoax
Message warns that an email attachment named "Black in the White House" or "Black Muslim in the White House" contains a damaging computer virus that can destroy the hard drive of the infected computer.

Published: December 22, 2009

Fidel Castro Sector Zero Virus Warning
Email forward written in Spanish warns that clicking links in messages about the death of Fidel Castro can download a virus. It also warns that opening an email attachment with the name 'El Autentico Pez Polla' can launch a virus that can destroy the hard drive on the infected computer.

Published: October 31, 2008


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