Date: Tue, 14 May 2002 15:58:45 -0700 (PDT)

Author: William Beaty

Subject: Re: virus IS A HOAX

Post:

On Tue, 14 May 2002, Kim S. Palermo wrote:

> My apologies...the cure is easy, instructions below. Sorry for the
> inconvenience.

What's the URL of the website which describes this virus? There's none?
OK, what is the name of the person who discovered it and sent out the
messages? Nobody? BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP ALARM BELLS! HOAX MESSAGE! URBAN
LEGEND!

OK, let's do the obvious thing and go to symantec.com and do a search on
"jdbgmgr". Clearly you must have already done this, right? Before taking
it upon yourself to warn others about this horrible "virus?"

Guess what it says...

And further, guess WHY these hoaxes spread. They spread because whenever
someone discovers that they've helped spread the hoax, they get defensive
and go silent. They won't admit that they were taken in, so they never
warn all the other victims about the hoax, nor do they warn the person who
sent them the stupid message in the first place. The warnings about the
hoax never travel backwards up the chain. But boy do the fake virus
warnings spread in the other direction!


> > I checked, found and deleted it.

PS
The whole point of the hoax is to persuade you to DAMAGE your windows
operating system by deleting a system file. jdbgmgr.exe is part of the
java language. If you've deleted it, some java applets may no longer
work.

> > I apologise for the inconvenience.

Um.

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