I see that the “Life is Beautiful” virus hoax is back in my inbox this morning. This is one of those hoaxes that just doesn’t seem to disappear – according to Snopes.com it has been doing the circuit since 2002 already! Anyway, just in case you want to be able to recognise it, it will most likely look like this:
This information arrived this morning, from Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who accesses the Internet.
You may receive an apparently harmless email with a PowerPoint presentation called “Life is beautiful.pps.”
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, email and password.
This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS VIRUS.
AOL has already confirmed its dangerousness, and the antivirus Softs are not capable of destroying it. The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself “life owner”, and who aims to destroying domestic PCs and who also fights Microsoft in court! That’s why it comes disguised with extension pps. He fights in court for the patent.
MAKE A COPY OF THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.
So if you do receive this forwarded message, just ignore it and go on with your life as normal – no reason to add all that extra stress on for nothing! :)
Related link: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/life.asp