A hoax or in other words an alarming message
containing false information in order to disorient or even harm users.
The hoaxes are not only notices of some
viruses but also of illnesses or other tragedies. Their task is to flood
or overburden mail servers, which also happens thanks undisciplined
At present, an alarming message about
sulfnbk.exe virus spreads out. This message has following features:
it warns users against a new virus that
cannot be detected by any recent programs.
it persuades users that this piece of
information comes from a reliable source (USA, Francie, CNN, FBI, IBM,
it describes the virus briefly and realistically.
But, which user will verify if this is really true? Especially, when the
author of the message graphically depict how the user loses his data, disk,
the whole computer, or even that the disk can explode.....
it urge the users to send and warn all
friends and other people (there is a huge number of users who really
send this e-mail to other users) - and so a spam is born - its result
can be overburdened mail servers and an eduction of some due consequences
from the mail server administrators (it is really not fine to get the
same e-mail with such untrue information from dozens of users; in case
of less experienced users it is quite understandable, but losing of time
in consequence of these messages is unwelcome
- then, the experienced users complain about the users´ trust and do
not like seeing this - therefore the mass messages sending is forbidden
or they can be only send by some selected users).
One of many versions of this hoax:
ALERT ALERT ALERT
Subject: Alerte VIRUS - Humli - ALERT!!!
Please pay your attention to this message: we have received a message
from France about a new virus. Please follow the instructions listed
We found out that we were infected by a virus that cannot be detected
by any antivirus program. You probably have it on your PC, too!!
The "FNBK" virus may be stored on you hard disk, but may not
be active. This virus is programed not to be activated at once. It has
a latency period and cannot be detected by any detection programs
designed for searching viruses (McAfee or Norton).
Unfortunately, nobody knows how long the virus has been waiting in the
system. It is possible that it has been existing for several months
there. This virus becomes active after you start it, then it deletes
all folders and files on your hard disk. The virus is
distributed per e-mail and attacks the ´C:/WINDOWS/COMMAND´ file.
Please pay your attention to the following instructions and do what
1) In the Start menu choose "SEARCH"
2) Then choose "FILES AND FOLDERS"
3) Then, in the "SEARCH IN" menu choose "HARD DISK (C:)"
4) Write to the text field for the "NAME OF THE SEARCHED ITEM OR
If you find the virus, DO NOT OPEN IT!!!
5) without opening it, go to the "EDIT" menu
6) choose "SELECT ALL"
7) then, go to the "FILE" menu and click on "REMOVE"
8) close the window with "search results" and empty the
The good new is that now you are secured.
The bad new is that if you have found this virus on your computer,
there is a danger that you probably "infected" all persons
you are in the "e-mail contact" with, for several months
back. Please contact everyone in your address book and send this
message immediately to all of them.
The Sulfnbk.exe file is a system file which
is absolutely not recommended to be deleted!
By spreading out and following the
instructions in this message you cause more harm than benefit to you and
Not all information contained in the
electronic mail must be true. In case you get such message it is
advisable to ask some more experienced and not to hastily send the
message to other users.
Experienced users can examine the hoax lists
or to turn to a firm working in the field of viruses or to a reliable
source that can verify the message.