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Computer Virus....Hoax

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bob Clayton, Jul 16, 2003.


  1. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    i got this in an email

    "Hi everyone,
    Unfortunately, a friend of ours passed along a virus to our address
    book. It WAS infected. Since you are in our address book, there is a
    possibility that you will find it in your computer. The virus, called
    jdbgmgr.exe, is not detected by Norton or McAfee anti virus systems.
    (Which
    I have Norton!!!) The virus sits quietly for 14 days before damaging
    the
    system. It is sent automatically by messenger and by the address book,
    whether or not you sent e-mail to your contacts.
    Here's how to check for the virus and how to get rid of it:

    1. Go to start, Find or Search option.
    2. In the file folder option, type the name jdbgmgr.exe
    3. Be sure you search your C: drive and all sub folders and any other
    drives
    you may have.
    4. Click "find now"
    5. The virus has a Teddy Bear icon with the name jdbgmgr.exe DO NOT
    OPEN
    IT!!!!!!!
    6. Go to Edit (on the menu bar) and choose "select all" to highlight
    the
    file without opening it.
    7. Now go to File (on the menu bar) and select delete. It will then go
    to
    the Recycle Bin (you can also do this by right clicking on the icon,
    but
    again, DO NOT open the file).
    8. IF YOU FIND THE VIRUS YOU MUST CONTACT ALL THE PEOPLE IN YOUR
    ADDRESS
    BOOK, SO THEY CAN ERADICATE IT IN THEIR OWN ADDRESS BOOKS."

    im seriously doubting this as a real thing cuz i am not mistaken i have gotten it before...

    i did do a search and it is in my computer...but i clicked on properties and it has been there for over a year..

    so can anyone help determining whether this is a hoax or not?
     
  2. unharmed

    unharmed Iron Fishes

    May 19, 2003
    London, England
    It is a hoax. A very, very old hoax. Fortunately, the file it asks you to delete is not hugely important and you probably wouldn't notice it wasn't there. Beautiful example of Social Engineering though :D
     
  3. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
  4. some of those are so stupid its funny people beilieve it :D
     
  5. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    yeah thanks for the help guys...i found the info on my own too...looks like i just had to do a little research