(15) Buddy List
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 computer users.
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 around...........BEWARE!
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 "buddhist.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.
Here is one recently received, as an example of what is being sent:
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!!! ALSO... 3) If you receive an email entitled "WIN A HOLIDAY" ... DO NOT open it. It will erase everything in your hard drive. Forward this letter to as many people as you can. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. This information was announced very recently 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!!!
AND FINALLY... 4) Do not open or even look at any mail that says: "RETURNED OR UNABLE TO DELIVER". This virus will attach itself to your computer components and render them useless. Immediately delete any mail items that say this. AOL has said that this is a very dangerous virus and that there is NO remedy for it at this time. Please practice cautionary measures PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE...THANKS!