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Learn about computer virus myths, hoaxes, urban legends, hysteria,
and the implications if you believe in them.
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VINTAGE SOLUTIONS, INC offers the simplest virus check program.
This program is very easy to use :
Download the file and just execute it.
It is the self-extract program and can run without any system setup.
So you do not need to install and alter your system.
It will not destroy your current anti-virus program either.
This program contains the same virus database as the standard ANTIDOTE package so
that it is capable of checking all viruses registered in our latest virus database.
Note : This program does not offer the disinfection function. It is the detect-only program.
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Did a genuine computer security expert send you the alert?
If your mother-in-law forwarded a chain letter alert, which came from her dentist,
who got it from a podiatrist, who got it from his secretary's daughter,
who supposedly received it at college directly from IBM's virus experts...
Does it urge you to forward the chain letter to everyone you know?
Genuine virus alerts won't ask you to participate in a chaotic email distribution scheme.
Forward it instead to Vmyths.com (see below) so we can study it.
Does the email offer a link to an authoritative Email alerts shouldn't go into detail about
a computer virus.
Rather, the alert should summarize the threat and provide a link to a "for more info" page
stored on a well-known computer security website.
Beware: some hoax alerts include generic links to respected websites.
The hoaxster wants you to assume the website has important information about the virus.
A rule of thumb: the link to more information should take you directly to more information
about the threat.
If it doesn't, then you should chide the sender for failing to give you accurate information.