Hoax

Publication Date 04/19/2016
Parent class Malware
Description

A hoax is a fake warning about a virus or other piece of malicious code. Typically a hoax takes the form of an e-mail message warning the reader of a dangerous new virus and suggesting that the reader pass the message on. Hoaxes cause no damage in themselves, but their distribution by well-meaning users often causes fear and uncertainty.

Most anti-virus vendors include hoax information on their web sites and it is always advisable to check before forwarding warning messages.

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