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May 31, 2001, 09:03 AM
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Does anyone know anything about this possible virus??

I have this file in my computer. Does anyone know if this is real???

>I do not know about the validity of the following, but
> A friend of mine forwarded this to me and I checked and it was on my
> computer so all of you
> need to check your computer today and follow the directions below.
>> It was brought to my attention about a virus that cannot be detected by
>> virus software. It
>> will not become active until June 1, 2001, at that point it will become
>> active
>> and will be to late. It wipes out all files and folders on the hard
>> drive. This virus travels thru E-mail and migrates to the
>> 'C:\windows\command' 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 in; SULFNBK.EXE Begin search. If it finds it,
>> highlight
>> it. Go to 'File' and delete it. Close the find Dialog box Open the
>> Recycle Bin Find the file and delete it from the Recycle bin You should
>> be safe.
>> The bad part is: You need to contact everyone you have sent ANY E-mail
>> to in the past few
>> months. I do not know how long this has been on my machine.
>> THE FILE!!!
May 31, 2001, 09:20 AM
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This one came into me as well today.

No way am I going to punch in an EXE command without someone putting a gun to my head. I weighed up the options and felt I would rather put my trust in our company detection systems IRRESPECTIVE of what it said.
May 31, 2001, 09:21 AM
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According to an article in the morning newspaper it is a hoax. The file is really an important Windows file. If you delete as directed you ruin your Windows program. Moral: Don't believe everything you read as e-mail. Rely on dependable virus alerting companies.
May 31, 2001, 10:18 AM
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May 31, 2001, 10:23 AM
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This is a good one. When I first got the warning it did give me a bit of a scare. But a quick web search found this....

The text on this page is part of a hoax and is not a legitimate warning or offer. We present it here to help you identify any hoax messages that you receive. Please note that hoaxes often have several variations in circulation, so you may receive a hoax message that is similar, but not identical to the message below. This particular hoax may also appear in Spanish.

"I found a virus in my computer that was sent to me by somebody. The virus will activate itself on the 1st of JUNE and according to McaFee web site will destroy every single file in the hard drive.
If you have the virus it should be in your computer by now.
The file name is SULFNBK.EXE. You can find it in the Windows explorer and then eliminate the file.
(Do not forget to eliminate it from the Trash as well!)

Please pass this information to everyone you know."

May 31, 2001, 11:36 AM
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the sulfnbk.exe utility is used to restore long file names to the start menu. It is supplied by MS as part of windows. (This is from the MSDN developer's cd.)
May 31, 2001, 11:44 AM
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Thanks to all. I have also had an email passed along saying that the warning is a hoax.

May 31, 2001, 04:06 PM
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Yes, Chris Pirillo of the Lockergnome newsletter ( put out a notice on this today. It's a hoax.

Chirs' newsletters are great and point out a lot of valuable stuff. Highly reccomended that you subscribe or at least go to his site and read them there.
May 31, 2001, 05:49 PM
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It seems to me that the default for all of these so-called Virus Alerts is that they are a hoax.

Unless the Virus Alert is personally handed to you written in fire on a clay tablet by the Archangel Gabriel (or Dr Solomon it is best to just ignore it. Don't pass it on you are not doing your friends any favours.


May 31, 2001, 10:04 PM
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Another good source to debunk the e-hoaxes is That's where I learned it was a fake.
Jun 01, 2001, 06:58 AM
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Try this:

You can get lots of good info @
Jun 01, 2001, 09:12 AM
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It must suck to be shackled with an operating system so lacking in robustness it can actually be crippled by something like an email message.
Jun 01, 2001, 11:06 AM
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Hey thanks to the guys who provided the "fix" for the problem via the URLs. We were warned about the problem early on at work, but at home I had 2 very well meaning family members follow the delete instructions. To the letter. At separate times. And they were proud. "Saved" the family PC. The second after I fixed the first gaff.
Jun 01, 2001, 11:36 AM
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Originally posted by BobK:
It must suck to be shackled with an operating system so lacking in robustness it can actually be crippled by something like an email message.

I've been using UNIX for about 11 years. Email viruses started on UNIX, which is an extremely robust operating system. I think Windows is missing important features that I take for granted on UNIX, but we shouldn't blame viruses on an OS.

Email viruses have nothing whatsoever to do with how "robust" the OS is. Its the software that is written for the OS that matters.

PCs are in place on 99% of the corporate desktops in the world, where most of the viruses are spread. There are enough barely literate computer users to propogate these viruses, even if the "virus" is nothing more than a hoax email message. That is why PCs are the ones that have the most viruses.

The OS is not going to protect people who think they need to delete their own files because an email message said they should.

Jun 01, 2001, 11:52 AM
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Originally posted by jbourke:

The OS is not going to protect people who think they need to delete their own files because an email message said they should.

Actually, windows 2000 will do this now. If you delete an important os file, it will automatically restore it from a hidden cache. This protects the ignorant user but is a real pain for system programmers. I had to call MS support to find out how to replace a system dll with an older version since windows kept detecting the old version and replacing it with the new one.