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Another HOAX virus

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I got this email today, haven't seen it in a while, but just in case you receive it, it is a HOAX. Do NOT delete the file...

(START EMAIL)

Blanca virus has been passed to me. My address book in turn has been affected. Since you are in my address book there is a good chance you will find it in your computer too. The virus (called jdbgmgr.exe) is not detected by Norton or McAfee anti-virus systems. 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 emails to your contacts. Here is how you check for the virus and get rid of it.
1. Go to Start, find or search option
2. In the file/folders option, type the name: jdbgmgr.exe
3. Be sure to search your C: drive and all the subfolders 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) choose "select all" to highlight the file without opening it
7. Now go File (on the menu bar) and select delete, the file will go to the recycle bin.

IF YOU FIND THIS VIRUS, YOU MUST CONTACT ALL THE PEOPLE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK SO THEY CAN ERADICATE IT IN THEIR OWN ADDRESS BOOKS.

To do this:

1. Open a new e-mail message
2. Click on the icon of the address book next to the "TO"
3. Highlight every name and add to "BCC"
4. Copy this message above and paste to e-mail
5. Enter subject

Apologies for the inconvenience and to those of you who have had this message several times from different people.

(END EMAIL)

If you ever do get mails like this, it is worth checking out places like McAfee or Symantec, here are their responses to this one:
http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_99436.htm
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/ven...file.hoax.html
My rule of thumb on this kind of thing is that if a mail is sent to you telling you to forward it to everyone, then DELETE it and IGNORE it. If a mail is good enough, then you would naturally forward it to some people, but NEVER forward mails to everyone you know - it creates headaches for technical people and eats up loads of mail server disk space.
Look at it this way - if something really was a virus, do you think your colleague in finance is more likely to know all about it than Norton or McAfee?

End of my first useful post.

S

[ May 20, 2003, 01:37 AM: Message edited by: Wear the fox hat ]
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along the same lines but MUCH MORE DANGEROUS,

Several of my friends and I have received emails from what looks like a service request from Paypal and/or ebay telling them that they must click on a link in the email and update their information other wise their account will be disabled. These are most likely false requests. I looked into the raw data of the email and it really looks like a request from ebay or paypal however if you dig deeper and understand how requests are processed, you find that you are directed to a "false" page that looks like the real ebay or paypal account. They even go so far as to pull the images directly from the original site. This is a ruse to get you to give your credit card information and passwords which will probably be stolen and/or sold. This can lead to identity theft!

BEWARE
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