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An Internet Flower for You Virus

Information about the 'An Internet Flower for You' virus hoax.

Published Mar 19, 2002

Virus name:   An Internet Flower for You

Status:   Hoax.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2002]

Intel announced that a new and very destructive virus was discovered. If you receive an email called "An Internet Flower For you," Do not open it. Delete it right away! This virus removes all dynamic link libraries (.DLL files) from your computer. Your computer will not be able to boot up!!


Origins:   Just like the similar "Virtual Card for You" hoax, this jape has been making the rounds since at least 2000 and is just as phony. No such virus has ever been identified by Intel (or anyone else).

Additional Information:

Flower for You Hoax Flower for You Hoax (Symantec Security Response)
Internet Flower hoax Internet Flower Hoax (McAfee Virus Information Library)

Last updated:   27 January 2008

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