May 19th, 2002

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First "Real" hoaxes!

Received an email last night from one of my aunts....

"I have received a message from my daughter-in-law. Her address book has been infected by a virus and was passed on to my computer. My address book has been infected by this virus. The virus (called jdbgmgr.exe) is not detected by Norton or McAfee. The virus sits for 14 days before damaging your system. It is sent by messenger and by the address book; whether or not you have sent e-mails to your contacts. I have checked, found the virus and deleted it. Please! Check your computer. Here is how to delete it. "

It continued after that giving detailed instructions on how to delete the file. Well, without researching it first, I followed the instructions and deleted the file. Afterwards, I looked up "jdbgmgr.exe" using the "search feature" on the Symantec Anti-Virus website. The site said there was an email virus "hoax" going around, something like a chain letter. The "jdbgmgr.exe" is actually a legitimate Windows system file, a "java debugger manager". Thus, following the directions on the Symantec site, I "re-installed" the file I had foolishly deleted, even though the only symptom the computer might have would have been not being able to display some "java based" applets and pages...but I go to a lot of those kinds of pages, so I figured I'd better be safe and re-install it. Full details on the hoax are HERE. So, if you get an email like the one I got, just ignore it. I emailed my aunt back, and a few other relatives she sent the email to, and alerted them of the facts.

Now for something completely off-topic: If you find yourself totally bored, and want to give yourself a seizure, go HERE.
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