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>From: Tom Birkland <birkland at albany.edu>
>Subject: Re: "VIRUS WITH NO CURE"
>This perrin.exe virus is a hoax, as confimed on a search using the Google
>search engine, which yielded a link to www.symantec.com, where you can
>find all sorts of information about virus hoaxes. This note is obviously a
>hoax, because neither CNN nor any other major media outlet has reported
>this virus, and the technical description of how the virus works
>contradicts itself. The hoax itself dates to mid-1999--Symantec provides a
>Spanish version of this message. Unfortunately, adding to the confusion,
>this hoax seems to be accompanied by a list of several virus files; at
>least some of which, such as happy99.exe and the I Love You virus, are real.
>The best solutions to these virus problems include not opening unfamiliar
>e-mail attachments, not opening floppy disks without scanning for viruses,
>and getting virus software such as Norton Antivirus (from Symantec) or
>Macafee, or similar products. Microsoft Outlook is also very vulnerable to
>viruses, and you may want to use another e-mail program. One of the best
>ways to avoid problems is to avoid propagating virus hoaxes, which
>needlessly cause people to take steps that lead to data loss, as if a real
>virus hit your machine. It's easy to check out an alert to see if it's a
>hoax--just go to any search engine and type the name of the virus followed
>by the word virus, such as perrin.exe virus. If it's real or fake, a great
>deal of info will be found.
>Happy computing.
>Tom Birkland

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Ph.D student
SUNY at Albany
Nelson A. Rockefeller College
Department of Political Science
135 Western Avenue, Milne 102
Albany, NY, 12222

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