I Deleted jdbgmgr.exe. Am I in Trouble?

Question

Dear Sir,

I accidently deleted a file called " JDBGMGR.EXE " . Please tell what this file is for and do I need to worry about getting it back. If I need it, how do I go about doing so?

Thank you for your help.

Doug Oates

Answer

This question was answered on November 26, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You have probably been had The file you describe was probably part of what is nowadays called a "Hoax." A hoax is a kind of virus That is to say, a file that was maliciously placed on your machine to fool you into thinking something has happened, or something needs to happen Action by the user may or may not cause file damage.

Here's another definition:

Hoax – Defined

Does not self-replicate

Messages only – false warnings

Spread rapidly

Cause no direct damage

If the file you deleted was accompanied by an icon of a teddy bear, breathe a sigh of relief, but be warned your computer is susceptable to worse invasion Viruses are everywhere these days No longer it it acceptable to compute smartly or wisely and sidestep the things.

Not only that, but very many viruses cannot be easily "fixed" once they invade a computer, even by antivirus software.

For the record, the file you mention really does exist on most machines, but is generally only used by programmers The file this particular hoax refers to, Jdbgmgr.exe, is the Microsoft Debugger Registrar for Java

More information can be found on the Symantic site While you are there, run the on-line virus check It's not very thorough, but can give you an indication if things have gotten out of hand

Here's the URL: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/jdbgmgr.exe.file.hoax.html

In the short term, Sophos.com will let you install a more thorough antivirus program and run it free for 30 days.

Good luck.

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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on November 26, 2002