Anyone using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, and so on. This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton. …
You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail with a Power Point presentation “Life is Beautiful”. If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE under any circumstances, and delete it immediately. If you open this file, a message will appear on your screen saying: “It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful.” Subsequently you will lose everything in your PC, and the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password. This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOL has already confirmed the severity and the anti-virus software are not capable of destroying it. The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself “life owner”. … This has been confirmed by SNOPES.
This warning about a Microsoft PowerPoint file named “Life is Beautiful” carrying a computer-destroying virus is a hoax, one that has been with us since at least January 2002. It originally circulated in Portuguese but was later translated into English and a host of other languages. Although this particular example is a hoax, PowerPoint presentations can contain viruses, so prudent computer users should always check downloaded or e-mailed PowerPoint presentations (and all other non-text attachments) before opening them.
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