Humor Urban Legends Virus Warning Attachment Called "Black Muslim in the White House" Share PINTEREST Email Print Andrew Brookes/Getty Images Urban Legends Rumors & Hoaxes Urban Legends in the News Classic & Historic Legends Animal Folklore Scary Stories By David Emery David Emery is an internet folklore expert, and debunker of urban legends, hoaxes, and popular misconceptions. He currently writes for Snopes.com. our editorial process David Emery Updated October 07, 2017 The following virus hoax has been circulating since December 2009 and has a false status. The viral hoax alerts and warns people of the "most destructive ever" computer virus. The hoax circulates as an attachment to messages entitled "Black in the White House" or "Black Muslim in the White House." Read the following two examples that were contributed in 2010, review the analysis, and find the three ways to protect computers from potential viruses. Email Hoax Example #1 URGENT PLEASE CIRCULATE to your friends, family and contacts.In the coming days, DO NOT open any message with an attachment called: BLACK MUSLIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE, regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus that opens an Olympics torch that burns the whole hard disk C of your computer. This virus comes from a known person who you have in your list.Directions: You should send this message to all of your contacts. It is better to receive this e-mail 25 times than to receive the virus and open it. If you receive a message called BLACK MUSLIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE even if sent by a friend, do not open, and shut down your machine immediately. It is the worst virus announced by CNN. This new virus has been discovered recently it has been classified by Microsoft as the virus most destructive ever.This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee.. There is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the hard disk, where vital information function. Email Hoax Example #2 Subject: FW: URGENT!PLEASE CIRCULATE to your friends, family and contacts.In the coming days, Do not open any message with an attachment called: Black in the White House,Regardless of who sent you ... It is a virus that opens an Olympic torch that burns the whole hard disk C of your computer. This virus comes from a known person who you had in your list Directions. . That's why you should send this message to all your contacts.It is better to receive this email 25 times to receive the virus and open .. If you receive a message called: black in the white house, even sent by a friend, do not open and shut down your machine immediately. It is the worst virus announced by CNN. A new virus has been discovered recently it has been classified by Microsoft as the virus most destructive ever. This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee. And there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the hard disk, where information vital function is stored. Analysis of the Virus Warning Hoax No such computer virus exists. These fake warnings are variants of a virus hoax that has circulated in many forms over the past two decades. Previous versions of the virus warning follow below: "A Virtual Card for You Virus Warning Invitation""Merry Christmas Virus Warning""Hallmark Postcard Virus Warning" These are all hoaxes and versions of the same hoax. Following the advice of unsourced viral alerts like these is an ineffective, if not outright counter-productive, way of maintaining computer or network security. Protecting oneself from real virus and Trojan threats requires a few simple though critically important measures. 3 Rules to Follow to Protect Oneself From a Virus Follow the following three rules religiously to avoid a real virus situation. Always be very careful when opening email attachments and downloading files. If there isn't a sure reason that the source is trustworthy and the files are safe, don't open or download them.Maintain up-to-date antivirus software on all computers, and configure them to detect trojan horses and other forms of malware automatically. Set them to scan for viruses and other threats regularly.Always be careful about clicking on outgoing links, especially in messages from anonymous or unfamiliar sources. Clicking on such links can instantly download malicious software to computers. If the source is not trustworthy and the link is potentially unsafe, don't click on it.