Virus and Malware Hoaxes
Garbled and Misleading 'MAS Overboard Movie' Virus Warning
Alert circulating via text message and social media posts warns users not to open a 'MAS overboard movie' about the lost Malaysian Airlines flight because it contains a virus that will delete phone contacts. The message also warns users not to open emails with specific names because they contain a virus that will delete everything on the user's hard drive.
Published: April 24, 2014
Postcard Image Virus Hoax
Warning message claims that an email with an attachment entitled "POSTCARD" or "POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK" will destroy the hard drive of the infected computer and has been classified as the most destructive virus ever.
Updated: February 20, 2014
Christmas Tree App Virus Hoax
Messages circulating rapidly on Facebook warn users not to install the "Christmas tree app" because it is a destructive trojan virus.
Updated: November 20, 2013
Black in the White House Virus Hoax
Message warns that an email attachment named "Black in the White House" or "Black Muslim in the White House" contains a damaging computer virus that can destroy the hard drive of the infected computer.
Updated: June 11, 2013
System32 Virus Hoax
Circulating social media message claims that a folder named "System32" is a harmful computer virus. The message tells how to locate the folder and claims that deleting it will restore a high speed Internet connection.
Updated: June 6, 2013
'Windows Live Update' Sector Zero Virus Hoax
Message circulating rapidly via social media posts and email warns users to watch out for messages with an attached file called "Windows Live Update" or "Archive (Windows Live)" because it contains the most destructive computer virus ever.
Updated: February 17, 2013
RockMelt Virus Warning Hoax
Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open any message about a new browser called RockMelt because it is a virus.
Published: 16th April 2012
Bogus Warning - 'BBQ Enthusiast' Avatar on Cafe World is a Trojan Horse Viruse
Message circulating on Facebook warns Cafe World users not to click on an avatar named "BBQ ENTHUSIAST" because it is a "trojan horse virus".
Published: 28th November 2011
Budweiser Frogs Virus Hoax
Message claims that a screensaver featuring the Budweiser Frogs contains a dangerous computer virus.
Updated: 22nd November 2011
Invitation FB Olympic Torch Virus Hoax
Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open an attachment called "Invitation Fb" or "Invitation FACEBOOK" because it will launch an "Olympic torch" virus that destroys the hard drive of the infected computer.
Updated: 28th October 2011
Farmville White Gift Box Virus Warning Hoax
Facebook message warns Farmville players not to open a white gift box surrounded by blue lace because it is a virus.
Published: 5th September 2011
Fake Virus Warning - Do Not Add 'Howard Hertzberg' Because Its a Virus
Message circulating via social networks and email warns users not to add somebody called Howard Hertzberg to their friend list because it is a virus.
Published: 20th May 2011
False Warning - Do Not Add 'Jason Lee' Because Its a Virus
Message circulating via social media warns users not to add somebody called "Jason Lee", "Linda Smith", "Jason Allen" or "Amy Allen" to their friend list because it is a virus. Other versions warns users not to add Raquel Critelli or Kelly Hargrove.
Published: April 6, 2011
False Virus Warning - Do Not Add 'Smartgrrl15' Because Its a Virus
Message circulating via social media warns users not to add somebody called "SMARTGRRL15" to their friend list because it is a virus.
Published: 25th March 2011
AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA - First Address Book Entry Virus Control Hoax
Virus protection "tip" claims that you can counter email worms simply by placing a phony email address such "AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA" as the first entry in your address book.
Updated: 28th December 2010
Life is Beautiful Virus Hoax
Warning message claims that an email with an attached Power Point presentation called "Life is beautiful" is a virus that will destroy all files on the infected computer.
Published: 27th December 2010
Revamped 'Life Owner' Hoax Uses Name of Real Virus - 'Here You Have It' Hoax Version
Message warns users to watch out for emails with the subject "Here you have it" because they contain a very dangerous computer virus that allows a hacker named "life owner" access to the infected computer. The warning claims that the user will lose everything on the infected computer and that the virus cannot be removed by anti-virus software.
Published: 15th October 2010
Kleneus66 Virus Hoax
Message warns that an email that includes little red shoes dancing and offers the recipient a thousand free songs actually contains the Kleneus66 virus which will destroy the hard drive on the infected computer.
Published: 20th September 2010
Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
Post circulating via Facebook warns users not to open any message about "a girl who killed herself over something her father wrote on her wall" because the message contains a self-replicating Trojan virus.
Published: 13th August 2010
Resignation Of Barack Obama Virus Hoax
Message warns recipients not to open an email with a subject or attachment titled "Resignation Of Barack Obama" or "Postcard From Bejing" because it contains a virus that will destroy the hard drive on the infected computer.
Published: 6th July 2010
Guts to Say Jesus Virus Hoax
Message warns that an email with the subject "It Takes Guts to Say Jesus" carries a virus that will erase everything on your hard drive.
Published: 11th May 2010
Gordon Brown Smiling Virus Hoax
Message claims that emails featuring photographs of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown smiling contain a dangerous computer virus that will crash your computer and damage it beyond repair.
Published: 3rd February 2010
Olympic Torch Invitation Virus Hoax
Message claims that an email with an attached file called "Invitation" contains a virus that will open an Olympic Torch that destroys the computer's hard drive.
Updated: 4th November 2009
48 Hours Virus Hoax
Forwarded virus-warning claims that a virus that arrives via email will erase the hard disk and BIOS of the infected computer unless the recipient waits 48 hours before attempting to deal with the infection.
Published: 29th October 2009
Fidel Castro Sector Zero Virus Warning
Email forward written in Spanish warns that clicking links in messages about the death of Fidel Castro can download a virus. It also warns that opening an email attachment with the name 'El Autentico Pez Polla' can launch a virus that can destroy the hard drive on the infected computer.
Published: 31st October 2008
Mail Server Report Life is Beautiful Virus Hoax
Warning message claims that an email with the title "Mail Server Report" contains a virus that will display a message saying "It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful" before destroying everything on the infected computer.
Published: 1st April 2008
Virtual Card for You Virus Hoax
Email claims that a message with the subject line "A virtual card for you" carries a virus that will destroy the hard drive on the infected computer.
Updated: 26th February 2008
Photobucket MySpace Comment Virus Warning
Message claims that a virus that circulates via MySpace comments can delete content in the user's PhotoBucket account and post nude images to his or her friends list.
Published: Janury 3, 2008
Merry Christmas Virus Hoax
Email claims that a message with an attachment named "Merry Christmas" contains a destructive virus that will "burn" the hard drive on the infected computer thereby destroying the Zero Sector.
Published: November 13, 2007
MSN Contact List Virus Hoax
Message claims that somebody is trying to spread a virus by adding people to an MSN Messenger contact list.
Updated: 16 August 2007
Mr Common Sense Virus Hoax Email
Message claims that a dangerous computer virus is being distributed via an email with the subject line "Obituary of the late Mr Common Sense".
Published: April 18, 2007
Bin-Laden and Olympic Torch Virus Warning Hoax
Message claims that two very destructive viruses are being distributed, one in an email concerning the capture or hanging of Osama Bin-Laden and another in an email with the subject "Invitation".
Published: June 22, 2006
Mobile Phone Virus Hoax
Forwarded messages claim that a destructive virus will infect your mobile (cell) phone if you receive a call that displays "ACE" or "XALAN" on the screen.
Published: November 22, 2004
Elf Bowling Virus Hoax
Email claims that the Elf Bowling and Frogapult games contain a dangerous virus.
Published: March 2, 2004
Sulfnbk.exe Virus Hoax
Email warns that a file on your computer called sulfnbk.exe is a virus and provides instructions on how to delete it.
Published: February 3, 2004
A.I.D.S Computer Virus Hoax
Message claims that a computer virus called the A.I.D.S. VIRUS is circulating via email and will destroy your computer system.
Published: Octoner 13, 2003
WTC Survivor Virus Hoax
Message warns that a virus called WTC Survivor is spreading via email and can "erase your whole C drive".
Published: June 12, 2003
Teddy Bear Virus Hoax
Email warns that a file on your computer called jdbgmgr.exe is a virus and provides instructions on how to delete jdbgmgr.exe
Published: May 19, 2003
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