New Virus Hoax Terrorizes Users

30 Apr 2002
Virus News

JDBGMGR.EXE - is NOT a virus, but rather a standard Windows Utility Kaspersky Lab reports on the recent rumors regarding a new and dangerous virus that is purportedly carried in the file JDBGMGR.EXE - a Windows operating system file. At this time the Kaspersky Lab technical support service is receiving numerous calls regarding this supposed virus from users located in many different countries. Actually, JDBGMGR.EXE is a standard utility (used to debug Java applications) included in most versions of Windows operating systems, including Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Deleting or modifying this program may lead to functional changes in the operating system and in some instances have negative after-effects. The file JDBGMGR.EXE itself is not a virus, but as with any exe-file it can be infected. The infamous virus Magistr is known for its "interest" in this program and often infects it. Such is the case behind the spreading of this virus hoax - the initiator of this virus hoax detected Magistr on his computer and concluded that the infected file JDBGMGR.EXE is the actual virus and he rushed to inform all his friends about it. Previously, in this very way a rumor regarding the standard Windows utility SULFNBK.EXE was spread. Kaspersky Lab recommends users refrain from further spreading unfounded virus rumors and to in turn inform colleagues and friends that this actually a "non-existent" or "hoax" virus. A guide that will help you detect virus hoaxes can be found at:
http://www.kaspersky.com/news.asp?tnews=0&nview=1&id=118&page=4 More detailed information about virus hoaxes can be found in the Kaspersky Lab virus encyclopedia at:
http://www.viruslist.com/eng/viruslist.html?id=3905