Post by WalksInSpirit on Jul 17, 2006 17:52:43 GMT -5
E-Mail Virus Warning Hoaxes
I get a ton of e-mail virus warnings forwarded to me every day, along with the famous forward that Bill Gates and AOL are tracking, and will pay you for each person you forward it to. And let's not forget, the countless variations on the burned, or terminally ill, or AIDS stricken child that cannot pay their medical bills, and AOL will knock $2.00 off of the medical bills for each person you forward the e-mail to. And who could forget the famous secret recipe for Niehman Marcus' cookies? The list goes on and on and on. These are benign, though aggrivating.
There are some e-mail hoaxes, however, that aren't as innocent. One is called the "Teddy Bear Hoax." It tells you your pc has been infected with the Teddy bear virus (jdbgmgr.exe) and you should go into your C drive and delete this file, which has a Teddy Bear icon. Now, this file is actually a Microsoft Debugger Registrar for Java, which is used only by Microsoft Visual J++ 1.1 developers. It's an actual, ligitimate Microsoft file that is supposed to be there! NEVER delete anything based on an e-mail forward!!!
Any time you recieve one of these forwarded warnings, check them out at www.snopes.com or at www.hoax-slayer.com. These are excellent sites that have the latest e-mail hoaxes listed.