If you’ve ever received a virus warning from your friends, family or co-workers, you’ll know what I’m talking about. These virus warnings are hoaxes and are untrue reports.
You are encouraged NOT to forward these types of warnings to people as not only is it a waste of time and bandwidth, but it can also confuse or worry the recipient.
The best action to take is as follows:
- DO NOT forward the email to ANYONE.
- DELETE the email.
If you are part of a company, you should also adopt the following policy for people who send you these type of virus warning emails:
You shall not forward any virus warnings of any kind to *anyone* other than your network administrator. It doesn’t matter if the virus warnings have come from an anti-virus vendor or been confirmed by any large computer company or your best friend. *All* virus warnings should be sent to the network administrator alone. It is network administrator’s job to send round all virus warnings, and a virus warning which comes from any other source should be ignored.
If you receive a virus warning from anyone other than your network administrator, you should inform them of this policy.
If you’re still concerned about viruses, you should ensure that your anti-virus software is installed and up to date. You don’t need to buy expensive software, there are many ways to prevent a virus or malware infection for free, which are just as good.
So remember folks: don’t forward virus warnings, delete them.