Is this for real?

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Is this for real, or is it another "virus hoax" emails?

<<< Hi guys,

This is for real. I had this virus. Unfortunately a virus has been passed to me through an address book which has also infected my address book.

Since you are in my address book, you will probably find it in your computer too. The virus (called jdbg.exe) is not detected by Norton or MacAfee anti-virus systems. The virus sits quietly for 14 days before damaging the system. It is sent automatically by messenger and by address book, whether or not you sent email to your contacts. Basically, that means you will pass the virus along unknowingly, as I did.

We were sent this email, and am now passing it on so you know how to check for the virus and how to get rid of it. Please do this. It is very simple and takes about 2 minutes.

1. go to start, then click your (find) or (search) option

2. in the folder option, type the name: jdbgmgr.exe

3. be sure to search your c: drive and all sub folders and any other drives you

might 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 and choose (select all) to highlight the file

without opening it

7. now go to file (on the menu bar) and select delete. It will then go to the

recycle bin.

If you find the virus, you must contact all of the people in your address book

so that they may eradicate the virus from their own address books. To do this:

1. open a new email message

2. click the address book icon or button

3. highlight every name and add to "bcc"

4. copy this message and paste to email

This will effect everyone in your address book so send it now. Sorry about

this. >>>

Answer

This question was answered on March 30, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

If the person that sent you the email is someone you actually correspond with via email,

then I would follow the instructions that were given to you It will not hurt to search your C drive for the file or folder.

Just remember, DO NOT OPEN THE FILE OR FOLDER, THIS WILL INITIATE THE VIRUS.

However, if it is a worm, then the damage is already done, even if you do nothing.

BUT BEFORE I FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN, I WOULD RUN A CURRENT VERSION OF AN ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM TO SEE IF A VIRUS CAN OR CANNOT BE DETECTED IF THE PROGRAM DETECTS ONE, THEN THE PROGRAM SHOULD BE ABLE TO ISOLATE AND REMOVE THE VIRUS FOR YOU IF NO VIRUS IS DETECTED, IT MAY BE BECAUSE THE VIRUS HAS NOT BEEN INITIATED, THEN I WOULD FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 30, 2004