this is a total hoax, inadvertantly being spread by you for altruistic

(and it also a nice example of diffusion of info by small world

indeed, the hoax is truly destructive -- it leads you to delete a possibly
useful Javascript file.

please don't post virus warnings to this, or any, list.

please send an email to all those you have warned, and ask them not to
spread this hoax further. indeed, the hoax is the real virus.

and in any case, before you ever warn folks, go to the symantec website,, which does a good job of alerting folks to real viruses.
and if you don't believe them because they make Norton AntiVirus, go to
the official CERT website.


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On Sat, 18 May 2002, Richard Rothenberg wrote:

> Date: Sat, 18 May 2002 21:53:38 -0700
> From: Richard Rothenberg <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: A possible virus
> I got word that I was sent a virus and did indeed find it on my hard
> drive,  I was told that it sits on the drive for 14 days and then sends
> itself to everyone in the address book.
> The virus is called:    jdbgmgr.exe
> Please search your hard drive and if you find it, delete it and empty
> the recycle bin.  Specific instructions below.
> Please note as well that some things of this sort are actually just mock
> viruses, practical jokes that someone is playing.  This may be the case
> here, but it is probably not worth finding out for sure.  (AT the very
> least, I was warned that I might have received it, and I did.)  If you
> find it on your hard drive, and delete it, you should tell everyone in
> your address book about it.  (Like others, I have many in my address
> book with whom I haven't communicated in eons, and some with whom I've
> never communicated.  To those: Hello, and please forgive the intrusion.)
> My apologies.
> Rich
> Here are the detailed instructions I received, which have the obvious
> earmarks of having been passed around a good bit:
> 2. Go to START button, then click on "Find" or>
> "Search" option> >
> 3.  Then click on "files or folders".> >
> 4.  A window will pop up. Then type the name>
> jdbgmgr.exe in the "Named:" > box. Be sure you search
> your C: drive. Do this by> clicking on the down >
> arrow in the "Look in" box and pick the item that> has
> a "C:" in it.> >
> 5. Click the "Find Now" or "Search" button.> >
> 6. The virus has a tedy bear icon with the file> name
> jdbgmgr.exe> > DO NOT OPEN IT!!> >
> 7. Right click and delete it. It will go to the>
> Recycle Bin> >
> 8. Go to the Recycle Bin and delte it there as> well.>
> > Note if you find the virus, you must contact all
> the> people in your address> > book so they can remove
> it from their computers. I,> and those who >
> inadvertantly pass the virus on, apoplogize for any>
> inconvenience..>
> --
> Richard Rothenberg, MD
> Professor
> Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
> Emory University School of Medicine
> 69 Butler St. SE
> Atlanta, GA 30303
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