Windows Live Update Virus - Internet/Facebook Rumour

6 Sep 2012 - Article No: 1606. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Fwd: URGENT NOTICE! PLEASE READ MY FRIENDS! ALERT POLICE AUTHORITIES: At your computer and my, circulates this notice to your friends and family contacts! In the coming days be aware: do not open any message containing an attached file called "Windows Live Update" regardless of who you send. It is a virus that burns the whole hard drive. This virus comes from a known person who has your address list. This is why you should send this message to all your contacts. If you receive a message with the attachment "Windows Live Update", even if sent by a friend, do not open it and immediately turns off your computer. This is the worst virus announced by CNN, and has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday. There is no possibility of repair for this type of virus. He simply destroys Sector Zero from the hard disk. Remember - you: if you send this information to your contacts, you will protect us all

This warning is circulating the Internet warning readers of a virus that comes in the form of an attachment called "Windows Live Update". The message also asserts it has been dubbed "the worst virus" by CNN and has been classed as "the most destructive ever" by Microsoft.

The warning is essentially a hoax - yet another spin-off from the classic "Olympic Torch" fake virus hoax that has been circulating for well over 15 years now, and reads almost the same, including the spurious claims about CNN, Microsoft and the assertion the virus "burns the hard drive".

Many other similar hoaxes have spread over the years that have been inspired by the Olympic Torch virus hoax, all of them reading the same and making the same claims, including the Facebook Invitation Olympic Torch hoax, the Gordon Brown is smiling virus hoax and the Card from Hallmark virus hoax.

Whilst it is not outside the realms of possibility that scammers may send emails that use the social engineering trick of duping victims to open an attached file called "Windows Live Update" which could be malware, the message above is still a hoax.
There is no "worst" virus currently spreading that matches the description in the warning. CNN have not just announced it and Microsoft have not classed anything as the "most destructive virus ever". Nor did Mcafee discover this virus yesterday. Nor does anything "destroy sector zero" of a users hard drive.
The message, just like the dozens of close variants, is just pure nonsense and should not be circulated.

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