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Re: [oldboys] VIRUS--this is REAl, please see instructions in this email

Symantec Security Response encourages you to ignore any messages regarding this hoax. It is harmless and is intended only to cause unwarranted concern.
Type: Hoax
The following hoax email was first reported in Brazil. The original email is in Portuguese; it is followed by several other versions.

       This particular email message is a hoax. The file that is mentioned in the hoax, however, Sulfnbk.exe, is a Microsoft Windows utility that is used to restore long file names, and like any .exe file, it can be infected by a virus that targets .exe files.
       The virus/worm         W32.Magistr.24876@mm can arrive as an attachment named Sulfnbk.exe. The Sulfnbk.exe file used by Windows is located in the C:\Windows\Command folder. If the file is located in any other folder, or arrives as an attachment to a email message, then it is possible that the file is infected. In this case, if a scan with the latest virus definitions and with NAV set to scan all files does not detect the file as being infected, quarantine and submit the file to SARC for analysis by following the instructions in the document    How to submit a file to SARC using Scan and Deliver.
       If you have deleted the Sulfnbk.exe file from the C:\Windows\Command folder and want to know how to restore the file, see the How to restore the Sulfnbk.exe file section at the end of this document.

At 05:37 PM 12/17/2001 -0500, you wrote:
I received a message containing a virus, and chances are you have it too,
since you are in my address book.  It lies dormant for 14 days and then it
kills your hard drive.  Here's how to
stop it.  (If you've got it, send this to everyone in your address book).
The directions for removing it:
1.  Go to "start," then to "find"
2.  In the "Find all files named" type in    sulfnbk.exe
This is the virus
3.  In the "look in" make sure you are searching Drive C.
4.  Hit "find now" button
5.  If this file shows up (it's an ugly blackish icon that will have the
" sulfnbk.exe"   DO NOT OPEN IT!.
6.  Right click on the file, go down to delete and left click.
7.  It will ask you if you want to send it to the recycle bin.  Say yes.
8.  Go to your recycle bin on your desktop and and double click on the
recycle bin.  Right click on sulfnbk.exe and delete again, or empty the
If you find it send this e-mail to all in your address book, since that's
it is transferred.

I am sorry about this...


Mary Jo Aagerstoun
University of Maryland at College Park

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