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AOL4Free Virus Hoax

AOL4Free Virus Hoax

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Also Known As:
aol4free.com



This virus hoax is different from the AOL4Free trojan horse . No virus exists as described below; however, the Trojan Horse program with the same name is a real threat. Even though there is currently no virus that has the characteristics ascribed to AOL4Free, the e-mail "warning" has been widely distributed on America Online (AOL), since March 1997. The hoax message includes the following "warning":

Anyone who receives this must send it to as many people as you can.
It is essential that this problem be reconciled as soon as possible. A few hours
ago, I opened an E-mail that had the subject heading of "aol4free.com." Within
seconds of opening it, a window appeared and began to display my files that
were being deleted. I immediately shut down my computer, but it was too late.
This virus wiped me out. It ate the Anti-Virus Software that comes with the
Windows '95 Program along with F-Prot AVS. Neither was able to detect it.
Please be careful and send this to as many people as possible, so maybe this
new virus can be eliminated.

For additional information please see: http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html#aol4free Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.