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Hoaxes

Symantec Security Response uncovers hoaxes on a regular basis. These hoaxes usually arrive in the form of an email. Please disregard the hoax emails - they contain bogus warnings usually intent only on frightening or misleading users. The best course of action is to merely delete these hoax emails. Please refer to this page whenever you receive what appears to be a bogus message regarding a new virus, or promotion that sounds too good to be true.
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NameDiscovered
"Hello Dear" Hoax09/04/2000
$800 from Microsoft Hoax
AIDS Virus Hoax
Antichrist Hoax07/17/2001
AOL and Intel Hoax
AOL RIOT 2 Virus Hoax
AOL Year 2000 Update Hoax12/18/1999
AOL.EXE Hoax
AOL4Free Virus Hoax
Awareness Virus Hoax
Baby New Year Virus Hoax
Badtimes Hoax
Be Spooked Hoax
BestBuy Order Fraud Alert Hoax06/19/2003
Bicho7 Hoax10/23/2001
Big Brother Hoax10/12/2000
Blue Mountain Virus Hoax12/19/2000
Blueballs Are Underrated Virus Hoax07/30/1999
BUGGLST Hoax
California IBM Hoax
CellSaver Virus Hoax08/26/1999
Coke.exe hoax
Dana virus hoax12/03/2001
Dear Friends Hoax
Desi1love Hoax
Despite Virus Hoax10/15/1999
Discount Virus Hoax08/25/2000
DR.SIMON.WAJNTRAUBWS Hoax10/26/2001
Economic Slow Down Hoax
Ericsson Free Phone Hoax08/10/2001
EVIL THE CAT Virus Hoax
FatCat Virus Hoax
February 1 Hoax01/25/2002
Flower for You Hoax08/01/2000
Forward Hoax
FREE M & M's Hoax11/02/1999
Free Pizza Virus Hoax10/15/1999
FROGAPULT, ELFBOWL, Y2KGAME Virus Hoax12/08/1999
Gamma2.exe Hoax06/06/2001
GAP Email Tracking Hoax06/21/1999
Gift from Microsoft Hoax12/28/1999
Goldbear Virus Hoax11/08/2002
Google Trojan Hoax07/31/2003
Got You Hoax05/27/2003
Guts to Say Jesus Hoax05/15/1999
Hacky Birthday Virus Hoax
Hairy Palms Virus Hoax
Halloween Virus Hoax
Happy New Year Virus Hoax
Help Poor Dog Virus Hoax
Hitler Virus Hoax
How to Give a Cat a Colonic Hoax
INFILTER Virus Hoax
Iraq War Hoax04/04/2003
Irish Virus hoax09/08/2000
Jan1st20.exe Virus Hoax
Jdbgmgr.exe file hoax04/12/2002
John Kennedy Jr Trojan Hoax12/20/1999
Kleneu66 Hoax09/19/2003
Launch Nuclear Strike Now Hoax01/10/2002
Life is Beautiful Hoax01/15/2002
Londhouse Virus Hoax
Lotus Notes Worm Hoax09/01/2000
Lump of Coal Virus Hoax09/07/1999
Matrix Virus Hoax
Mobile Phone Virus Hoax05/18/1999
MSN Messenger add a contact Hoax01/19/2003
NASTYFRIEND99 Virus Hoax05/10/1999
NEWYORK BIG DIRT Hoax
Norman Virus Hoax
Olympic Torch Hoax02/21/2006
Osama vs Bush Hoax
Pandemic Computer Virus Hoax
Perrin.exe Virus Hoax
Phantom Menace Hoax
Pluperfect Virus Hoax
Postal Service Email Charge Hoax01/09/2002
Sandman hoax
SARC Virus Test Hoax
Scoutshacker Hoax
South Park News Letter Hoax
Symantec ASDL Virus Hoax06/19/2001
T-Virus Hoax08/19/2004
The New Ice Age Hoax02/13/2001
Tuxissa Virus Hoax04/22/2000
Upgrade Internet 2 Hoax10/03/2000
Very Cool Virus Hoax
Virtual Card Virus Hoax
W2sync virus hoax
W32-PrPlCrcl-G Virus Hoax04/01/2002
W32.MFG.Tassos@mm Hoax06/04/2003
W32.XPExp.Worm Hoax01/31/2003
Wait 48 hours hoax11/01/2001
Watching hoax09/12/2000
WAZ UP Hoax01/11/2001
Windows will Fail on Jan 1 Hoax
Wobbler Hoax
Wooden Horse Hoax
WordScribe Virus Hoax01/16/2001
Work Virus Hoax
World Domination Hoax
WTC Survivor Hoax10/29/2001
Y2K7 Virus Hoax
YIM Hard drive killer Hoax10/27/2005
Your Screen Name Hoax
ZZ331 Virus Hoax08/31/1999
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