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Viruses and Hoaxes

Is this really a virus?

The Internet has brought about unprecedented access to information, but it has also brought with it new found problems. Just like a biological virus spreads from person to person, a computer virus, worm or Trojan can spread from computer to computer. It is important for the average computer user to keep knowledgeable of these threats. It is important, however, to avoid being fooled by virus hoaxes. Many people, with the best of intentions, forward fake virus warnings on to their friends and family members. The most obvious sign that an e-mail virus warning is fake is the inclusion of a request to "send this to everyone you know." If you receive a warning about a computer virus/worm or other malware, it is important to not forward it on without first checking with an authoritative source, as the action requested of the recipient can cause damage in some cases, even if there is no real virus. One example is the jdbgmgr.exe virus hoax.

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