These are either deliberate or unintentional email messages warning people about a phony virus or other malicious software program. Some hoaxes create as much trouble as viruses by causing massive amounts of unnecessary email, but most are simply annoying.
Most hoaxes contain one or more of the following characteristics:
If you receive an email message about a virus, check with a reputable source to ensure the warning is real. Recently, a popular hoax urged users to delete an important system file, jdbgmgr.exe. Consequently, virus hoaxes should be considered as much of a threat as a virus itself.
Here are some links you can use to verify or debunk hoax viruses and other "urban legends."
Do your friends and your colleagues a favor – if you get an email about a virus hoax, DO NOT forward it.
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