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virus hoax

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Craig Robertson, May 30, 2002.

  1. Craig Robertson

    Craig Robertson Supporting Actor

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    i got an email from a relative telling me that they have a virus on their machine and it sends itself out to all email addresses in their address book. the email tells you to do a search for a certain file and that this file is a virus that Norton and McAfee don't detect, then gives instructions on how to delete the "virus" off your machine. trouble is, the file turns out to be a Windows system file and if you delete it then some functions of IE don't work. it's made all the more believable since the icon for the file is a teddy bear. the IT manager for the company i work for has confirmed that this file is not a virus.

    file name is jdbgmgr.exe
     
  2. Martin Fontaine

    Martin Fontaine Supporting Actor

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    Right-Clicking it -> Properties revealed it's "Micro$oft® Debugger Registrar for Java" So a legit file.

    That's a new type of e-mail viruses, make people believe that a certain file is a virus, make them believe it should be deleted and their PC is toast!

    The universal principal of e-mail viruses still apply, only a dumbass would be infected because:

    1. He would run the attachment because the message says so.
    2. He runs an e-mail program that has security flaws that would make an attachment run by itself.
    3. Make him believe that a vital file should be removed form his hard disk.

    The stupidest form of chain-mailing since that petition to ban Hydrogen-Dioxide claiming it's a dangerous chemical and stuff when in fact it's just a fancy word for WATER!!!
     
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    Kevin P Screenwriter

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    Dave Poehlman Producer

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    Keith Outhouse Stunt Coordinator

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    Must be a DIY virus. [​IMG]
     
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    Brett_H Second Unit

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