The PASSITON Computer Virus
This is one of the most deadly viruses ever to hit computer systems. There is no anti-virus software anywhere that will counteract its terrible effects. Is your computer infected with PASSITON? Probably, yes!
How can you tell if your computer has been infected with PASSITON? This virus has two main effects on computer systems:
It eats up space on your hard drive, leaving you with low system resources.
It clogs email servers and internet connections.
How does PASSITON infect your computer? Simply put, it arrives in the form of an email. That email may have a title something like this:
"VIRUS ALERT! Unstoppable virus on the loose!"
The email then proceeds to describe some terrible yet non-existent virus that you must protect your computer from. Unfortunately, you don't know that it's not real, so you PASSITON to twenty or even a hundred people in your address book, thereby eating up space on their hard drives AND clogging your email server!
Want a couple examples? Consider the Good Times virus hoax, or the Deeyenda virus hoax. These are two virus hoaxes that have been floating around cyberspace for about eight years now. Both claim that if you recieve an email message with the subject line 'Good Times' (or 'Deeyenda') you should not open it, because it contains a virus which will obliterate your hard drive. Naturally, everyone forwards this message to all their friends. Any truth to it? Not a chance!
Some versions of the PASSITON virus are even more deadly than these. Consider the case of the SULFNBK.EXE hoax. The message claims that you may have a virus in your Windows\Command folder named SULFNBK.EXE. The victim of the hoax is told to delete this file immediately. Is it true that there is a file named SULFNBK.EXE in your Windows\Command folder? YES! Is it true that it's a virus? NO! And if you delete it, you are deleting part of your computer's operating system! So not only have you plugged your hard drive and your email server, you've potentially crippled your operating system.
Some versions of the PASSITON virus have nothing to do with computers at all! Consider a famous example: Have you received the email that tells you about hypodermic needles in the 'ball pit' at a local fast food restaurant? Oddly, this terrible thing happened in Midland, Texas, on October 2, 1994 and it happened again to the same boy (who had moved the Sugarland, Texas) five years to the day from the date when it first happened. Talk about unlucky!
Or what about the one that told you Microsoft would pay you $5.00 for every person you forwarded the message to? Come on...Bill Gates shelling out millions of dollars for forwarded emails? There's got to be a cheaper form of advertising! Let's face it; there's no email tracker software, and there is no 'free money'!
What can you do to stop the deadly PASSITON virus?
Simple! Check every story before you PASSITON. Go to the Symantec (Norton) web site, or the McAfee web site, and check their list of virus hoaxes. To make it easy for you, here are the antivirus hoax pages:http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.htmlhttp://vil.mcafee.com/hoax.asp
If you need information about non-computer related PASSITON viruses (also known as urban legends) you can find information at: http://urbanlegends.miningco.com/
Go ahead! Check it out...see if PASSITON is really a virus. And once you've done that, we politely yet firmly request that you refrain from passing this message on.