Circulating the Internet is an email message warning about an A.I.D.S. virus that destroys your computer. This warning is a hoax.
There are actually several real AIDS viruses and Trojan horses, but this warning message does not describe any of them.
This particular warning message (shown below) indicates that the virus comes in an e-mail message. While a virus may be in an attachment to an e-mail message, reading that message with a standard mail reader can not execute a virus. A virus in an attachment can not do anything until that attachment is executed, or in the case of a Word macro virus, the attached Word document is opened in Word. For this reason, CIAC recommends that you scan all executable programs and Word documents that were sent as attachments to e-mail messages before running or editing them.
The warning claims the virus destroys your actual hardware, such as memory, mouse, key board, and hard drive, all of which is impossible. Also notice that the author has not signed the message or given you any way to authenticate it, which is another strong indication of a hoax.
THEREE IS A VIRUS GOING AROUND CALLED THE A.I.D.S VIRUS. IT WILL ATTACH
ITSELF INSIDE YOUR COMPUTER AND EAT AWAY AT YOUR MEMORY THIS MEMORY IS
IRREPLACEABLE. THEN WHEN IT’S FINISHED WITH MEMORY IT INFECTS YOUR MOUSE
OR POINTING DEVICE. THEN IT GOES TO YOUR KEY BOARD AND THE LETTERS YOU
TYPE WILLNOT REGISTER ON SCREEN. BEFORE IT SELF TERMINATES IT EATS 5MB OF
HARD DRIVE SPACE AND WILL DELETE ALL PROGRAMS ON IT AND IT CAN SHUT DOWN
ANY 8 BIT TO 16 BIT SOUND CARDS RENDERING YOUR SPEAKERS USELESS. IT WILL
COME IN E-MAIL CALLED “OPEN:VERY COOL! DELETE IT RIGHT AWAY. THIS
VIRUS WILL BASICLY RENDER YOUR COMPUTER USELESS. YOU MUST PASS THIS ON
QUICKLY AND TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSLE!!!!! YOU MUST!