Consuming a user's time is virus' worst consequence

Helpline

September 12, 2002|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I was the victim of a hoax involving the Teddy Bear icon for the software called JDBGMGR .EXE on my computer. It happened when I received an e-mail from my very good friend saying she had received a virus called JDBGMGR.EXE. It had caused her some problems and took about 10 days to get her computer back to normal.

Well, I was duped good! I followed the directions in the note and found the Teddy Bear icon and moved it to the garbage can and then emptied the trash, to make sure it was gone. Then I found out it was a hoax and have spent a lot of time trying to fix it using all kinds of advice.

My question is: Do I really need this file? My computer works fine ... so far. It said something about Java and debugging. I'm not sure what this is. I do not use this for business, but my husband and I spend lots of time searching the Internet for personal use.

Not only did you get tricked by one of the suicide viruses that fool us into pulling the trigger on ourselves, but now you have wasted all that time looking for a fix uselessly.

Your computer doesn't need the Teddy Bear program at all. It's an arcane bit of code designed only for those who use Windows machines to write programs in the Java ++ language. Java will still work fine on your machine.

The point of the hoax was to force people to waste time trying to fix something that wasn't broken. Now that's nasty.

James Coates writes for the Chicago Tribune, a Tribune publishing newspaper. He can be reached via e-mail at jcoates@tribune.com.

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