17 Jul 2000
Pretty Park: Hoax or virus?
Recently some customers have become confused by an email that is
circulating around the internet.
The email reads:
DO NOT OPEN "PRETTY PARK." It is a virus that will erase your whole
"C" drive. It will come to you in the form of an e-mail from a
familiar person. I repeat DO NOT OPEN. DELETE RIGHT AWAY. I don't
know how it gets into your address book, but a "friend" sent it to
me. Luckily for me I had not opened it yet. She was not as lucky
and now she can't even start her computer! Forward this to everyone
in your address book. I would rather receive this warning 25 times
then not receive it once!
Sophos researchers advise that although there is a virus called
Pretty Park (also known as W32/Pretty) it does not work as
A detailed analysis of the genuine W32/Pretty virus can be read
It is possible that the above email did not start as a
deliberate hoax, but as a well-intentioned but misguided warning to
other computer users.
Sophos has described a policy which can prevent hoaxes and
unwanted virus scares from spreading inside your company.
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