Updated: February 13, 2007 11:50:17 AM
Type: Hoax

Technical Description

Good Times is not a virus; it is a hoax. There is currently no virus that has the characteristics ascribed to Good Times.

The e-mail Good Times "warning" was written by a couple of pranksters on America Online (AOL) sometime in 1994. Since then, it has traveled the Internet electronic mail system, spreading fear wherever it crops up. The message is just convincing enough that people spread the news to all of their friends.
It still continues to propagate. Symantec Security Response receives calls or email regarding the Good Times "virus" several times each year. Reports crop up most often around the major holidays when email and letter mail usage is highest.Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.