“WARNING! This is to let everyone know that a virus has been going around, and if you get any questionable emails or attachments, do not open them! This new strain is a trogan horse virus and will attack render your computer useless! This virus is #1 on Symantec’s and McAfee’s security watch list! Make sure you stay away from all unknown sites, and do not download any sneaky files! I would recommend keeping your children away from the windows and boarding them up in the basement. Your children, not your windows. This virus has been known to eat entire computers, houses, and even small cats and squirrells. The virus in question is pictured above and you may see a few of these little guys if you open the side of your computer case, or pry up your laptop keyboard and peek underneath. Forward this to everyone you know! This is a crisis! My life is spinning out of control! SERIOUS! Helppppp!”
Does this sound like an email you might have gotten recently? Shame out you for not deleting it immediately and continuing about your day. #1 – These kinds of emails are completely ridiculous and 100% of the time, they are either untrue or worthless to spend your time reading. Look…if you are going to get a virus you are going to get a virus. What I mean by that, is that if you are the type of person to get computer viruses, then there’s no software in the world that is going to keep you from acting like an idiot on the internet.
“Oh WOW! Free iPod if I click this picture! Weeeee!” *click*, “Waaaa, what happened to my computer?”
Sorry, no software is idiot proof. Well, maybe AOL, but I digress. So, point being, these emails are completely pointless. Also, think about it? Does getting one of these emails whip you into shape concerning your surfing habits? I don’t know about you, but my surfing habits don’t change based on if I get one of these emails every so often. It’s not like I’m a cavalier virus-hunting spam-seeking fool out on the net clickity-cliking on everything in sight…then I get the email and I’m like “Oh yeah…I better cool it.” But anyway, I guess the funniest part about all this is people tell me “Be on the lookout for this new thing going around”. To which I reply, “Oh ok thanks, I usually browse with my eyes closed, clicking on whatever my mouse finds in it’s path; I’ll be sure to pay attention this time to how I browse, since I never do that anyway.”
Oh well, perhaps some people need those reminders. I do find it funny when someone gets worked up about it. Like what are you going to do? Go click the “update definitions” button on your software 100 times, even though it already says “Your software is up to date”? Like I said…if a virus wants to find you, it will.