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A virus hoax is a false warning about a computer virus. They are usually spread through emails. Virus hoax does not cause any harm or damage to computers, however when spread in large volumes, it will cause mail servers to slow down.

The University community has received a number of virus alerts from various individuals which had turned out to be hoaxes originating from perpetrators of chain mails. The intention of our staff members who send out such virus alerts are well meaning. However, as some of these virus alerts are mere hoaxes, we would advise anyone who receive such messages to check its authenticity before propagating them.

To check whether a virus alert is true, you can go to the following links:

Just type in the virus name and do a search.

Alternatively, you can always check with Computer Centre by emailing to or a call at 65162080.

If you have received a virus alert from a known friend and you know that it is a hoax. It would be advisable to let the sender know so as to stop further propagation.