Virus warning (jdbgmgr.exe): a false alert?
Thread poster: Sara Freitas

Sara Freitas
Local time: 12:51
French to English
Feb 6, 2003

I just rec\'d a virus warning from a client who fears they may have infected me via their address book. They say the virus is unknown by Norton 2002 and Mc Affee. They are instructing me to find the file jdbgmgr.exe and delete it from my computer.If the virus is present, a bear icon will appear, which should not be opened. I have a subscription to Norton and just did a live update of virus definitions and a complete scan, which came up with nothing. I have heard that .exe files cannot be viruses. In fact, a former colleague of mine once sent a similar alert to all of her customers, many of whom wrote back extremely angry at her for sending a false alert. Should I take this alert seriously and look for the little bear and subsequently alert my entire address book or is this a false alert?


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Olga Judina  Identity Verified
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Hoax Feb 6, 2003

It\'s a hoax. Read more:

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John Bowden  Identity Verified
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Don't delete anything! Feb 6, 2003

I got this message a few days ago and checked with the IT technicians at the university where I teach - they said it was a well-known hoax and not to delete anything.

Hope this helps

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Sara Freitas
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Symantec hoax page Feb 6, 2003

Just found the \"virus\" on the following Symantec page:

Apparently a known hoax.

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Sara Freitas
Local time: 12:51
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Don't panic, just live and learn! Feb 6, 2003

I am now receiving a flood of e-mails from all those in the address book of the (now very embarrassed, I\'m sure) person from whom this originated with links to various hoax sites explaining that it isn\'t a virus at all...

Live and learn...

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Doru Voin  Identity Verified
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Jdbgmgr.exe Feb 6, 2003


On 2003-02-06 15:23, SFM wrote:

They are instructing me to find the file jdbgmgr.exe and delete it from my computer.

Hi Sara!

Actually this is a hoax (no malware). You can find more info at


Doru Voin, Technical Writer

GeCAD Software, RAV Division

Tel/Fax: +40-21-3217803; Support: +40-21-3217859

Please visit

Worry Less! RAV is Watching

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Spencer Allman
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Getting angry Feb 6, 2003

People shouldn\'t get angry for being sent such things. They should get angry with the people who do them.



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Elvira Stoianov  Identity Verified
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Please search the forum Feb 6, 2003

This question has been asked at least 2 times in the ProZ forums.

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Magda Dziadosz  Identity Verified
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The Internet Gullibility Virus Feb 6, 2003

I\'ve found this hillarious article at



Gullibility Virus Spreading over the Internet!

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Institute for the Investigation of Irregular Internet Phenomena announced today that many Internet users are becoming infected by a new virus that causes them to believe without question every groundless story, legend, and dire warning that shows up in their inbox or on their browser. The Gullibility Virus, as it is called, apparently makes people believe and forward copies of silly hoaxes relating to cookie recipes, email viruses, taxes on modems, and get-rich-quick schemes. \"These are not just readers of tabloids or people who buy lottery tickets based on fortune cookie numbers,\" a spokesman said. \"Most are otherwise normal people, who would laugh at the same stories if told to them by a stranger on a street corner.\" However, once these same people become infected with the Gullibility Virus, they believe anything they read on the Internet.

\"My immunity to tall tales and bizarre claims is all gone,\" reported one weeping victim. \"I believe every warning message and sick child story my friends forward to me, even though most of the messages are anonymous.\"

Another victim, now in remission, added, \"When I first heard about Good Times, I just accepted it without question. After all, there were dozens of other recipients on the mail header, so I thought the virus must be true.\" It was a long time, the victim said, before she could stand up at a Hoaxees Anonymous meeting and state, \"My name is Jane, and I\'ve been hoaxed.\" Now, however, she is spreading the word. \"Challenge and check whatever you read,\" she says.

Internet users are urged to examine themselves for symptoms of the virus, which include the following:

The willingness to believe improbable stories without thinking. The urge to forward multiple copies of such stories to others. A lack of desire to take three minutes to check to see if a story is true.

T. C. is an example of someone recently infected. He told one reporter, \"I read on the Net that the major ingredient in almost all shampoos makes your hair fall out, so I\'ve stopped using shampoo.\" When told about the Gullibility Virus, T. C. said he would stop reading email, so that he would not become infected.

Anyone with symptoms like these is urged to seek help immediately. Experts recommend that at the first feelings of gullibility, Internet users rush to their favorite search engine and look up the item tempting them to thoughtless credence. Most hoaxes, legends, and tall tales have been widely discussed and exposed by the Internet community.

Courses in critical thinking are also widely available, and there is online help from many sources, including:

Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory Capability

Symantec Anti Virus Research Center

Network Associates Virus Hoax List

The Urban Legends Web Site

Urban Legends Reference Pages

Datafellows Hoax Warnings

Those people who are still symptom free can help inoculate themselves against the Gullibility Virus by reading some good material on evaluating sources, such as:

Evaluating Internet Research Sources

Evaluation of Information Sources

Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources

Lastly, as a public service, Internet users can help stamp out the Gullibility Virus by referring people who send out virus warnings to this page!

This warning is the work of Marc Salverson.\"

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