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SARC Virus Database - Returned or Unable to Deliver



I'd like to calm everyone here down a bit. First off, you can't get a virus
via email unless you download an EXECUTABLE file. These "virus alerts"
people, however well meaning, mail around are hoaxes and do more harm by
scaring people and eating up valuable bandwidth and mailbox space. Please
do not send these types of messages to the list. They do not help anyone.

If you're concerned about viruses, and you should be, get some good
anti-virus software, use it regularily, make it scan your computer while
booting up, and opening new files, and don't practice unsafe diskette sex.

The information below is from the Symantec Antivirus Research Center,
makers of Norton Antivirus. I could find no information about the "Win a
Holiday" message at AOL, or any other site which doesn't neccesarily mean
anything, but it fits the hoax profile.

FYI: If this "Returned or Unable to Deliver" virus really existed, my
computer would have been fried beyond belief as I got about 20 of those
messages, at least, from subscribers whose servers are having transient
errors... Happens all the time. I even get them from users who fail to keep
their mailboxes sufficiently empty, ie, they're full.


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Returned or Unable to Deliver


 Aliases:  Hoax
 Infection length:  Hoax
 Area of infection:  Hoax
 Likelihood:  Hoax
 Region reported:  America Online, e-mail, Online services
 Characteristics:  Hoax
 Target platform:  Hoax
 Trigger date:  Hoax

 Description:


"Returned or Unable to Deliver" is not a virus. It is a hoax. The "virus"
does not exist. There is currently no virus that has the characteristics
ascribed to "Returned or Unable to Deliver." It is a sham, meant only to
panic new or inexperienced computer users.

The hoax message includes the following "warning":

There is a new virus going around in the last couple of days!!! DO NOT open
or even look at any mail that you get that says: "Returned or Unable to
Deliver" This virus will attach itself to your computer components and
render them useless. Immediately delete any mail items that says this. AOL
has said this is a very dangerous virus, and there is NO remedy for it at
this time, Please Be Careful, And forward to all your on-line friends
A.S.A.P.

Please ignore any messages regarding this supposed "virus" and do not pass
on any messages regarding it. Passing on messages about this hoax serves
only to further propagate it.

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