What do I do if I fell for the "SULFNBK.EXE" hoax?
This question was answered on June 2, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.
A very clever nerd decided to create a hoax message that too many people are falling for, because he used a file that is guaranteed to be on virtually every Windows 95, 98 or ME based machine
This hoax was so convincing that it is already spreading in 5 different languages! (Don't feel bad if you fell for it, just do a little homework in the future before you react to such messages.)
The file referred to in the hoax is "sulfnbk.exe" and it is actually a utility program included in Windows 95/98/ME that restores long file names.
If you deleted the file because you thought it was a virus, recover it from your Recycle Bin if possible.
If you have already cleared it from the Recycle Bin, the steps for restoring the file are as follows:
-- Windows 98 --
1) Click START - RUN, type SFC (System File Checker) and hit ENTER
2) In the "Specify the system file you would like to restore" field, type C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\SULFNBK.EXE and hit ENTER
3) In the RESTORE FROM field, type in the path to your WINDOWS CAB files
Possible locations include:
D:\WIN98 (where D is the drive letter assigned to your CD-ROM)
4) Click OK and continue with the restore function
-- End Windows 98 Instructions --
-- Windows ME --
1) Click START - RUN, type MSCONFIG and hit ENTER
2) Click the Extract Files button
3) In the "Specify the system file you would like to restore" field, type C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\SULFNBK.EXE and hit ENTER
4) In the RESTORE FROM field, type in the path to your WINDOWS CAB files (ie C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\INSTALL)
5) Click OK and continue with the restore function
-- End Windows ME Instructions --
--Windows 95 (or another method for Windows 98/Me)
Windows 95 users will need to use the extract command This can also be used on Windows 98/Me.
1 Click Start, point to Find or Search, and then click Files or Folders.
2 Make sure that "Look in" is set to (C:) and that Include subfolders is checked.
3 In the "Named" or "Search for..." box, type:
4 Click Find Now or Search Now If it does not exist on the hard drive, then insert your Windows CD and repeat the search from your CD's drive letter (ex: D:)
5 When you find the file, write down the location of Precopy1, for example, C:\Windows\Options\Cabs This is your Source Path.
6 The general form of the Extract command is:
extract <Source Path>\precopy1.cab sulfnbk.exe /L c:\windows\command
So if the source path is C:\Windows\Options\Cabs, then the Extract command becomes:
extract c:\windows\options\cabs\precopy1.cab sulfnbk.exe /L c:\windows\command
-- End Windows 95 Instructions --
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Posted by Ken Colburn of Data Doctors on June 2, 2001