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Monday, October 07, 2002

My heart goes out

Aww. "How to tell if you have bugbear" came up today in my search engine referrals. That's good, actually. The main thing is to not panic. If you think your computer has a virus, but you can still operate it, check it out. Investigate. Remain calm. That's what this person appears to be doing.

That didn't happen with my good friend, who shall remain nameless, from the land of mosquitos (well, before Illinois became the land of mosquitos), land of loons, land of Lutherans (not to be confused with the loons), land of 10,000 lakes, land of the tight end of the Mississippi, land of Paul Bunyon, land of Babe the Blue Ox, land of donchaknow Margie? She recently got an e-mail hoax about a little file called "jdbgmgr.exe." Unfortunately, she didn't know it was a hoax and she fell for it, hook, line and sinker. Then she forwarded it to me (and, presumably everyone in her address book). And, then she checked it out.

A quick search on Google turns up this information from Symantec as the first result:

The file that the hoax refers to, Jdbgmgr.exe, is a Java Debugger Manager. It is a Microsoft file that is installed when you install Windows.

Click the "more" link to see the e-mail.

Subject: Virus alert - PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY!!!!

Sorry about this but a virus was sent to my computer yesterday (Sept.
> 23)
> that automatically sends itself to YOUR address book without
> you knowing it's there. A friend's address book had been infected by a
> virus
> and it was passed on to my computer and my address book,
> which in turn was infected. THE VIRUS - called
> jdbgmgr.exe - IS NOT DETECTED by Norton or McAfee
> anti-virus systems. The virus is dormant for 14 days
> before damaging the system. It is sent automatically
> BOTH BY MESSENGER (AIM, MSN etc.) AND ADDRESS BOOK, whether or not
> you sent e-mails to your contacts.
>
> Here's how to get rid of it:
> 1. Go to Start. Click on Find or Search option.
> 2. In the Files/Folders option, enter the name
> jdbgmgr.exe
> 3. Be sure you search your C: drive and any other
> drives you may have.
> 4. Click "Find Now" or "Search"
> 5. The virus had a teddy bear icon with the name
> jdbgmgr.exe DO NOT OPEN IT.
> 6. Go to Edit, choose "select all" to highlight the
> file without opening it.
> 7. Now go to File and select "delete". The file will then
> go to the Recycle Bin
> 8. Empty the Recycle Bin without WITHOUT OPENING THE FILE.
>
> IF YOU FIND THIS VIRUS PLEASE CONTACT EVERYONE IN
> YOUR ADDRESS BOOK (send this entire message as a Blind Carbon Copy (BCC)
to
> all your contacts) SO THEY CAN ERADICATE IT AND WARN THEIR OWN CONTACTS.
>
> PLEASE NOTE! The friend who sent this email to me got another e-mail
> shortly afterward saying that the original virus warning e-mail was a
hoax.
> DON'T BELIEVE IT - the virus was there in my windows/system folder and is
> likely present in your system too.
>
> Again, I'm sorry about this but the darn thing was undetectable.

Posted by Marie at October 7, 2002 10:21 PM