How to find whether a virus is real or hoax by McAfee VirusScan 9.0
Follow the instructions to find whether a virus is real or hoax:
Right-click on the ‘McAfee’s VirusScan’ icon in the system tray.
Click ‘Open SecurityCenter’.
In the ‘McAfee SecurityCenter’ dialog box, click ‘Find Out About Viruses’, and a default browser opens up.
Some older viruses are harmless, but new viruses can erase files saved on your hard drive, slow down your computer, prevent your computer from starting up, e-mail files from your computer to strangers, crash e-mail servers or cause other problems to a network and do other kinds of damage. You can protect your computer against most types of viruses by installing virus protection software.