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Computer Viruses

There are a lot of viruses out there. But some aren't really out there at all. Virus hoaxes are more than mere annoyances, as they waste everyone's time and may lead some users to routinely ignore all virus warning messages, leaving them vulnerable to a genuine, destructive virus.

These hoaxes usually arrive in the form of an email. Please disregard the hoax emails - they contain bogus warnings usually intent only on frightening or misleading users. The best course of action is to merely delete these hoax emails. Please refer to this page whenever you receive what appears to be a bogus message regarding a new virus, or promotion that sounds too good to be true.

Next time you receive an urgent virus warning message, be sure to check the list of known virus hoaxes below.
Remember that virus writers can use known hoaxes to their advantage. For example, AOL4FREE began as a hoax virus warning. Then somebody distributed a destructive trojan attached to the original hoax virus warning! The lessons are clear:

ALL OF THE BELOW ARE HOAX VIRUSES - NOT REAL! SO IF IT IS LISTED BELOW; DO NOT WORRY ABOUT IT, AND DO NOT SEND THE WARNING ON TO ANYONE ELSE!!!

Norton (Symantec Security Response) and McAffee  uncover hoaxes on a regular basis. These hoaxes usually arrive in the form of an email. Please disregard the hoax emails - they contain bogus warnings usually intent only on frightening or misleading users. The best course of action is to merely delete these hoax emails. Please refer to this page whenever you receive what appears to be a bogus message regarding a new virus, or promotion that sounds too good to be true.

Just enter the file name, the virus name, a keyword from the message, etc. into the search engine below (in the "limit search to" box) and click on "Search now".

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If you don't find it there, double check Symantec (Norton Anti-Virus) page: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html and McAffee's page: http://vil.mcafee.com/hoax.asp 

And McAffee has a great listing of all virus's - real and fake - at: http://vil.mcafee.com/default.asp

See below for current (May 13, 2002) hoax listings:

Norton (Symantec Security Response's Hoax Virus List:

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3b Trojan
AIDS
Antichrist
AOL4Free Virus
AOL and Intel
AOL.EXE
AOL Flashing IM
AOL RIOT 2 Virus
AOL Year 2000 Update
Baby New Year Virus
Bad Times
Be My Valentine
Be Spooked
Bicho7
Big Brother
Blue Mountain Virus
Blueballs Are Underrated Virus
BUDDYLST.ZIP
BUDSAVER.EXE
Budweiser
BUGGLST
California IBM
California Virus
CELLSAVER Virus
CLEANMGR.EXE Warning
Coke.exe
D@Fit
Dana
Dear Friends
Death69
Deeyenda
Desi1love
Despite Virus
Discount Virus
DR.SIMON.WAJNTRAUBWS
E-Flu
eBook
Economic Slow Down
Elecciones 2000
EVIL THE CAT Virus
Family Pictures
FatCat Virus
February 1
Flashmaster G
Flower for You
Foot N Mouth Virus Warning
Forward
FREE M & M's
Free Money
Free Pizza Virus
FROGAPULT, ELFBOWL, Y2KGAME Virus
Gamma2.exe
GAP Email Tracking
Get More Money
Ghost
Gift from Microsoft
Girl Thing
Go Hip
Good Times
Guts to Say Jesus
Hacky Birthday Virus
Halloween Virus
Happy New Year Virus
Hello Dear
Hairy Palms Virus
Help Poor Dog
Hitler
How to Give a Cat a Colonic
INFILTER
Information on SARC 'Virus Test'
Irina
Irish Virus
Jan1st20.exe Virus
Jdbgmgr.exe file
John Kennedy Jr Trojan
Join the Crew
Launch Nuclear Strike Now
Let's Watch TV
Life is Beautiful
Londhouse Virus
Lotus Notes Worm
Lump of Coal Virus
Macdonald's Screensaver
Matrix Virus
Microsoft Virus
Millennium Time Bomb
MobilVirus
MOBILE PHONE
MusicPanel
NASTYFRIEND99
The New Ice Age
NEWYORK BIG DIRT
Norman Virus
Norton anti - virus v5
Osama vs Bush
Outback Steakhouse
Pandemic
Penpal Greetings
Perrin.exe Virus
Phantom Menace Virus
Pikachus Ball
Playboy Girls
Pluperfect
Postal Service Email Charge
Red Alert
Returned or Unable to Deliver
Sandman
Sarc Virus Test
Scoutshacker
Simon Pugh
Slavemaster
South Park News Letter
SULFNBK.EXE Warning
Symantec ASDL Virus
Teletubbies
Time Bomb
Tuxissa
Upgrade Internet 2
Very Cool
Virtual Card for You Virus
Virtual Card Virus
Virus Business
W2 Sync Virus
W32-PrPlCrcl-G
Wait 48 Hours
Watching
WAZ UP
Win a Holiday
Windows will Fail on Jan 1
Wobbler Virus
Wooden Horse
WordScribe Virus
Work Virus
World Domination
WTC Survivor
Y2K7 Virus
Yellow Teletubbies
Zlatko
ZZ331 Virus

 

McAfee.com Virus Hoax Listings

!!?UNAVAILABLE!? Mobile Phone Hoax
There are a lot of viruses out there. But some aren't really out there at all. Virus hoaxes are more than mere annoyances, as they may lead some users to routinely ignore all virus warning messages, leaving them vulnerable to a genuine, destructive virus.
Next time you receive an urgent virus warning message, be sure to check the list of known virus hoaxes below.
Remember: Never open an email attachment unless you know what it is--even if it's from someone you know and trust.
Remember that virus writers can use known hoaxes to their advantage. For example, AOL4FREE began as a hoax virus warning. Then somebody distributed a destructive trojan attached to the original hoax virus warning! The lessons are clear:
bulletAlways remain vigilant
bulletNever open a suspicious attachment
McAfee.com Virus Hoax Listings
!!?UNAVAILABLE!? Mobile Phone Hoax Guts to Say Jesus hoax
!0000 Hoax Happy New Year Hoax
48 Hours Hoax Intel Special Offer Hoax
A Moment Of Silence Hoax Internet Flower hoax
A Virtual Card For You Hoax Irina Hoax
ACE-? Mobile Phone Hoax Jdbgmgr.exe hoax
AIDS Hoax Join The Crew Hoax
All Seeing Eye hoax JOKE_FLIPPED
America Online FlashNews Hoax Let's Watch TV Hoax
Anticristo Hoax Life is beautiful hoax
AOL 83 Minutes hoax LOC Hoax
AOL Instant Message Hoax Lump of Coal
AOL Riot hoax Macmebig hoax
AOL4FREE Hoax or What? Manicomium Hoax
Baby New Year Hoax Missing Child Hoax
Badtimes Hoax Multi-hoax
Big Brother hoax MusicPanel HOAX
Blueman hoax New York Big Dirt
Bud Frogs Screen Saver Hoax Nokia Screensaver hoax
BUDDYLST.ZIP Hoax Osama vs Bush Hoax
Bugslife Screensaver Hoax Penpal Hoax
California.IBM hoax Perrin.exe
Cat-Colonic hoax PHANTOM MENACE Hoax
CELCOM Screen Saver Pikachus Ball hoax
Dana hoax Pokemon hoax
Deeyenda Hoax Pool Party email hoax
Despite Hoax Sandman URL hoax
Disney Hoax SPARTAN HORSE Hoax
Economic Slow Down Hoax St.Patrick's Day Hoax
Elfbowl SULFNBK Hoax
Family Pictures Hoax UNABLE TO DELIVER hoax
Flashmaster G Valentine Greeting Hoax
Friends Hoax WAZUP Hoax
Frogs and Fishes Hoax Win a Holiday Email Hoax
Funprog hoax Windows 98 Warning Hoax
Ghost.exe Hoax Wobbler
Girl Thing hoax Work Hoax
Girls of Playboy Hoax WTC Survivor Hoax
Good Times Hoax Y2KGame
Great Gas-Out Hoax Your friend D@fit