Re: Fw: NEW VIRUS..CAREFUL !!
Re: Fw: NEW VIRUS..CAREFUL !!
Fri, 31 Jul 98 08:58:59 +1000
it would be a good idea before passing on warnings about viruses to
check with the Symantec Virus Research Centre at
This is the information on BUDDYLST.ZIP
I just cut and pasted from the page, so the info below may take a bit
of interpreting. Have a look at the Symantec site.
Aliases: Hoax Infection length: Hoax Area of infection: Hoax
Likelihood: Hoax Region reported: Online Characteristics: Hoax Target
platform: Hoax Trigger date: Hoax <Picture>
BUDDYLST.ZIP is not a virus. It is a hoax. The "virus" does not exist.
There is currently no virus that has the characteristics ascribed to
BUDDYLST.ZIP. It is a sham, meant only to panic new or inexperienced
The hoax message includes the following "warning" in several forms:
Yesterday a friend of mine called and told me about something that
happened to him. He opened his E-mail and this BUDDYLST.ZIP was there.
When he opened it his computer crashed and when he tried to re-boot he
had lost everything! It was a Virus that is being passed
Please forward to as many people as you can so no one will get hurt.
These people need to be stopped. Don't download anything form
"buddylst.zip" or you will lose all your files.
A computer virus is going around! It is called BUDDYLST.ZIP! Do not
download or some jerk from the internet will get your screen name and
password! Please send this to any names you can think of and remember
never download BUDDYLST.ZIP
Please ignore any messages regarding this supposed "virus" and do not
pass on any messages regarding it. Passing on messages about this hoax
serves only to further propagate it.
I suppose a warning is a bit of a waste of time,but harmless. However
it would be a worry if one of these days one of these warning messages
is accurate and we ignore it. I think we are better off without them.
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Subject: Fw: NEW VIRUS..CAREFUL !!
Author: <> at AARNET
Date: 28/7/98 21:33
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> From: Liz Clayton <> > To:
> Subject: NEW VIRUS..CAREFUL !!
> Date: Thursday, 30 July 1998 9:15
> >Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 16:14:51 +1000 > >To: (Recipient list
> >From: (Greg Manning) (by way of Helene
Marsh > ><>)
> >Subject: NEW VIRUS..CAREFUL !!
> >Mime-Version: 1.0
> >>>PLEASE READ FOLLOWING IMPORTANT MESSAGE AND PASS ON. > >>>
> >>>Beware of a new virus which has just come out this week. People
> >>>sending a cool sounding screen-saver called "The Budweiser Frogs"
BUT if > >>>downloaded will completely destroy your hard drive,
obviously not healthy > >>>for your
> >>>PC and all your stored information. > >>>
> >>>DO NOT download under any circumstances BUDDYLST.ZIP. Please
warn all > >>>PC'ers you can.
> >>>Also DO NOT open "WIN A HOLIDAY" if received. It will erase all
information > >>>stored on your hard drive. Another new and bad virus
which not many people > >>>know about.
> >>>MICROSOFT ISSUED A WARNING ABOUT THIS INFORMATION THIS WEEK.
PLEASE > >>>PASS ON
> >My thanks to Josiah Pit
> >Greg Manning
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