A ”Postcard from Hallmark’ virus alert is doing the rounds. Don’t worry, it is a hoax.
A friend forwarded me an email today alerting me to a new ‘Postcard from Hallmark’ virus, which it said had been discovered by McAfee ‘yesterday’, and was classified by Microsoft as ‘the most destructive virus ever’. The message warned me that this virus would destroy my hard drive without warning, and implored me to forward the email to all my contacts.
Ever inquisitive, and eager to protect myself against this impending menace, I quickly googled ‘Postcard from Hallmark virus’. Imagine my surprise when I learned within seconds that this isn’t a virus at all, but a hoax that has been doing the rounds online since 2008!
Alarmingly, Google also lists a host of “internet security” products that I can buy in order to ward off the fictitious ‘Hallmark’ virus. I have no way of knowing whether these are genuine products. But if the ‘virus’ doesn’t exist in the first instance, why the need to buy something to protect against it?
The next time I get an email warning me of an imminent virus disaster, I will check out it first on google and elsewhere before forwarding the alert to my contacts and friends, or spending money on fixes. It might be a good idea for you to do likewise. In the meantime, be careful out there…