The Whitacre Genealogy Center - Virus Links

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Since I've had so many inquiries recently concerning
the rash of virus warnings being spread,
I thought I'd set up this page to assist those in need.
If you have further questions or comments, please email me:
Cathy Reisinger

And remember, you CANNOT get a virus simply by reading your email.

Please click here to read a GREAT story about Urban Legends.

AntiVirus Software         Virus Hoaxes         Email Chains

AntiVirus Software Sites

Sadly, there are over 40,000 viruses that exist today.
Please safe-guard your computer.
Install (or upgrade) your AntiVirus Program!!  Here are some great sites to try:

Symantec (Norton) AntiVirus Research Center

McAfee's Virus Information Center

HouseCall - FREE Online Virus Scanning Service

Hoax or Virus?  How do I know?

Although there are thousands of viruses discovered each year,
there are still some that only exist in the imaginations of the public and the press.
Please verify any messages regarding these supposed "viruses" with a reliable source.
And please DO NOT pass on any messages about them!
Passing on messages about hoaxes only serves to further propagate them.

If you are NOT sure, check any these reliable sites:


Email Chain Letters/Urban Legends

Disney's Email Tracking Giveaway (myth)!
From Walt Disney Jr., Bill Gates, & Microsoft.
(Note - Walt Disney did NOT have any sons!  And don't you think their
home page would have something about this on it if it were true?)

Bill Gates has a $1,000 Just For You (myth)!
From Bill Gates who claims to have written a new email tracking program.
(Note - Bill Gates is the CEO of a huge corporation; he does NOT write software!
Also, NO such capacity as "email tracing" exists.
And even if it did, monitoring the exponentially increasing circulation
of a successful chain letter would be impossible.)

Long Distance Rates for Internet Access (myth)!
From the U.S. government who is on the verge of enacting legislation that will raise
our Internet access costs by allowing calls to ISPs to be charged at long-distance
(Come on!  Just because they reference "CNN" doesn't make it so!)

Other Myths, Hoaxes, and Urban Legends ...
HIV Needles in Pay Phone Coin Slots.
LSD & Strychnine on Pay Phone Buttons.
Flash Your Headlights and Die!
The 90# Telephone Scam!

Please click here to read a GREAT story about Urban Legends.

Please consult here before passing on any virus/chain/hoax emails!


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Page updated: 01/23/2006

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