HOAX: ‘Red Alert’ About Virus That Burns Hard Drives Untrue, Despite Going Viral On Facebook

By David Cohen 

A “red alert” has gone viral on Facebook, warning of “the worst virus announced by CNN,” which burns users’ hard drives, but no such virus exists, and the red alert is a hoax, according to Sophos’ Naked Security blog.

The warning is actually being spread in the form of a photo, rather than as text, and it reads (unedited), as reported by Naked Security:


Please circulate this notice to your friends, family and contacts!

In the coming days, warning: do not open any message containing an attachment called Archive (Windows live) regardless of who sends you. This is a virus that burns the entire hard disk. This virus comes from a known person you have in your mailing list, which is why you should send this message to all your contacts. If you receive a message called “UPDATING WINDOWS LIVE”, even if is sent by a friend, do not open it and stop immediately. This is the worst virus announced by CNN. It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus that ever existed. The virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee, and there is no chance of repair for this type of virus. Simply destroys Sector Zero of the hard disk. Just copy and paste..

Naked Security pointed out that the claims about CNN, Microsoft, and McAfee are all false, adding that true warnings would have included links to stories or security websites that could fix the “problem.”

Readers: Have you seen this red alert in your News Feeds?

Screenshot courtesy of Naked Security. Hoax image courtesy of Shutterstock.