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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Someone is sending out a very cute screensaver of the Budweiser Frogs.

If you download it, you will lose everything! Your hard drive will crash and
someone from the Internet will get your screen name and password! DO NOT
It just went into circulation yesterday. Please distribute this
message.This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about
it. This information was announced yesterday morning from Microsoft. Please
share it with everyone that might access the Internet.

Once again, Pass This Along To EVERYONE in your address book so that this
may be stopped. AOL has said that this is a very dangerous virus and that
there is NO remedy for it at this time.

This is VERY important. If you receive a screen saver from a friend or
anyone you may not know with the Budweiser Frogs in it, DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT

Press the forward button on your email program and send this notice to
EVERYONE you know. Let's keep our email safe for everyone.
post #2 of 12
Hey Ady?

I got taken by a hoax last night- just ask everyone on my email list. Looks like the bud frogs are a hoax as well. Check out the link. I wonder if this is the season to say HOax HOax Hoax Merry Christmas?Internet Hoaxes
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
D'oh! Sorry then!
post #4 of 12
Yep, the budweiser frog one is definitely a hoax. Went around last year as well. Cyberspace for ya!
post #5 of 12
There are so many of these, don't feel bad, not your fault.
I always just research when I hear about a new one, find out if it's real or not and how sever it is.
post #6 of 12
I suppose I'm tempting fate here but I don't care. I've had a PC for approaching 3 years and I haven't had ONE virus! I haven't be the most cautious person when downloading files so I've been very lucky. I suspect you've got a better chance of getting one if you visit dodgy websites, which I don't................honest.
post #7 of 12
Better knock on wood, BuNN!!

The sad thing is that some of these hoaxes can do as much damage as real viruses. They tell you that some file is a virus and hundred of people delete it without checking it out. Most of the time the files they tell you to delete are necessary for the computer to run! Sad that some people have nothing better to do with their time than mess with people.
post #8 of 12
If you use a good anti-virus software (like Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus) and keep your virus defs updated, you don't have to worry too much about any of this crap anyway.

I have NEVER had a virus of any kind attack my PC. And I download lots of stuff all the time!
post #9 of 12
Hi everyone. Just wanted to let you know about this great site online, that tells you what viruses are actually viruses and which ones are hoaxes. I usually get a few emails a week saying that you know, if you don't delete this or that, it's gonna wreck your computer. Usually I don't even bother anymore with it, and just delete the message. But at first if you aren't sure, go to this site www.vmyths.com and it will help you along. Just so you all know!
post #10 of 12
Norten AV is great and it's so thorough. I got it free with my ISP subscription, best AV product out there. Also if you are concerned about Trojans install a Firewall, Zone Alarm is the best version and it's free. The amount of hacking attempts I get every night is staggering. I once left the PC on all night to download a large program, I checked the logs the following morning and 56 genuine attempts had been made to hack my system!
post #11 of 12
BuNN - are you SERIOUS?

Do you use your PC for work - i.e., working from home? I do and that's a real worry now.

How can you tell if someone has tried to hack in, is it only by installing a firewall? I've got Norton Professional, but I don't think it has a firewall. Do I need separate firewall protection?
post #12 of 12
I only have Norten AV so I don't know if Norten Pro would have a firewall, so if it hasn't you would need to run one seperate. But alot of the attempts that are seen are basically nothing to worry about. If you are concerned get Zone Alarm, it's the best out there and it's free. There is a Pro version available which costs pennies but the standard version is free.


But don't worry to much about people hacking in. I suspect the only reason that there were so many attempts that night was because I was using Peer 2 Peer software, so alot of them are NETBios (which is to do with networks, Zone Alarm blocks those as well).

Check your Private messages for more info.
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