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February 1 Hoax

February 1 Hoax

Discovered:
January 25, 2002
Updated:
February 13, 2007



This hoax was reported in January 2002. Although the instructions to find the "virus" will not find anything--the commands are not formatted correctly--variations on this letter are possible. If you were to delete the contents of the Windows folder, as the instructions imply, you would have to reinstall Windows. The hoax is as follows:


A VIRUS could be in your computer files now, dormant but will become active on February 1. Try not to USE your Computer on February 1st. FOLLOW
DIRECTIONS BELOW TO CHECK IF YOU HAVE IT AND TO REMOVE IT NOW. No Virus software can detect it. It will become active on February 1, 2002. It might be too late by then. It wipes out all files and folders on the hard drive. This virus travels thru E-mail and migrates to the 'C:\windows" or
"C:\winnt" folder. To find it and get rid of it off of your computer, do the following.

Go to the "START" button.
Go to "FIND" or "SEARCH".
Go to "FILES & FOLDERS".
Make sure the find box is searching the "C:" drive.
Type "windows\*.*",if you have anything other than Windows NT. If you have Windows NT type "winnt\*.*". (without the quotes).
Begin search.
If it finds any, highlight them. Do not double click or the file(s) will automatically open.
Go to "FILE" and delete them all.
Open the Recycle Bin and delete them ALL from the Recycle bin.
Now you should be safe.
DO NOT RELY ON YOUR ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE. McAFEE and NORTON CANNOT DETECT IT BECAUSE IT DOES NOT BECOME A VIRUS UNTIL FEBRUARY 1ST.
WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT OPEN THE FILES!!!

Print several copies of this and put it in your front windows and as a sign in your yard. Put one in the back window of your car for everyone on the freeway to see. Pin one to the back of your shirt or blouse to inform people on the sidewalk walking behind you. Keep extra copies on hands for coworkers, guests, family and migrating geese. Tape one to the fridge door. And lastly, send this to everyone in your address book.



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.
Writeup By: George Koris