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Yet another Microsoft Hoax! Windows XP Service Pack 1 Critical Update...

Attachment: file: winxp_sp1.exe (most likely a virus)

----- Original Message -----
[old harvested address]
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2002 7:29 AM
Subject: Windows XP Service Pack 1 (Express) - Critical Update.

Window Update has determined that you are running a beta version of Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1). To help improve the stability of your computer, Microsoft recommends that you remove the beta version of Windows XP SP1 and re-install Windows XP SP1. If you cannot remove the beta version, you should still reinstall Windows XP SP1.

Windows XP SP1 provides the latest security, reliability, and performance updates to the Windows XP family of operating systems. Windows XP SP1 is designed to ensure Windows XP platform compatibility with newly released software and hardware, and includes updates to resolve issues discovered by customers or by Microsoft's internal testing team.

The maximum download size is approximately 3 MB, however the size of the download and time required may be less for computers that have had updates previously installed.

To minimize the download time needed for installation, setup will only download those files which are required to bring your computer up to date. Windows XP SP1 includes Internet Explorer 6 SP1. Anti-virus software programs may interfere with the installation of Windows XP SP1. Please disable anti-virus software while installing the service pack.

Just run the file winxp_sp1.exe in attach and make sure to restart your PC after installation will be completed.

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Don't be fooled by the fact that it links to Microsoft. It's not from Microsoft! Remember: Microsoft don't send out messages to you like this! They don't send spam, and if they were to start spying on you and telling you that you were running an old version and sending you dangerous executables by e-mail then a great many people would kick up a fuss, hastening the move towards Linux! At this site we are not fond of Microsoft and regard later versions of Microsoft operating system with some contempt, particularly in view of the Palladium problem versus personal freedom. However, let's be fair about it. Microsoft are not guilty of sending out these spam virus messages!

The message is a VIRUS, and if you have been taken in by it and run the executable attachment, then you'll need to get some antivirus software to clean your computer. Best of luck!

This page is part of Zyra's website where you can see various hoaxes exposed at the Rogues Gallery as well as a great many more optimistic items. [response]

Even the date on the e-mail is fake.