Life is beautiful virus hoax

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The Life is beautiful virus hoax is an e-mail hoax which began circulating on the Internet around January 2002 in Brazil. The e-mail details a virus contained in a Microsoft PowerPoint attachment which is supposedly called Life is beautiful.pps. To date, no such virus has been found and the e-mail is widely considered a hoax.

The e-mail claims to be based upon information from Microsoft and Norton. Symantec, the makers of Norton AntiVirus and who actually provides the virus definitions database for Norton AntiVirus, have issued an advisory stating that the e-mail is a hoax.[1]

Although the hoax began circulating in 2002 it became active once again in late 2009. In some instances the text of the hoax e-mail reports that the virus was made by a person, codename "life owner," who is suing Microsoft in court for patent infringement.

The email has again become active in February 2011, January 2012 and December 2012.

The Hoax has also again returned in March, April and June 2013.

The Hoax has been discovered again in January and February 2014.

The Hoax is currently circulating on facebook September 2015


  1. ^ Koris, George (2002-01-15). "Life is beautiful Hoax". Symantec. Retrieved 2007-11-04.