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I received an e-mail from someone with an attachment called elfbowl.exe that I downloaded and saved, although it wouldn't execute. I'm recently learned that it may contain a virus that erases your hard-drive on Xmas day if you don't delete it. I found the file and deleted it(the message said the file was moved to the recycling bin). Is this enough to prevent it from erasing my hard drive?

Sounds like a hoax -- see http://antivirus.about.com/compute/antivirus/library/blen0113.htm --

But remember, it is best not to execute an attached .exe file unless you are sure you know the person who sent it, and can verify that that person knows what the .exe file is, has reason to believe it is "safe" and meant to send it to you...

Phooley
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