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From: Jeff Smith <>
Subject: Re: VIRUS, NO JOKE
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 00:25:10 -0500
I'm certainly no computer expert, but I received the same e-mail message
last week. Since then, I have been told that the instructions in the
e-mail to delete this file IS THE VIRUS. The specified file resides in
the the C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND directory and is supposed to be a legitimate
windows operating file which allows for long file name extensions to be
used in DOS mode. The file create date (6/8/2000) for this file on my
computer is exactly the same as all of the other windows operating files
that came with the original software from Microsoft (I'm using Windows
ME). I understand, also, that if you do delete this file it will not
affect anything except your ability to use long file names in DOS mode
as mentioned above.
Which story is correct? I don't know, but this file has been on my
computer for a lot longer than 14 days and nothing has happened yet.
If you do feel uncomfortable and want to delete it, may I suggest that
you first copy the file to a clean floppy disc, then delete it from your
hard drive. Then, if you experience problems you can copy it back to
the hard drive from the floppy to restore the original configuration.
Pat Carey wrote:
> I found this virus in my system --- after receiving a warning just like
> this, and am sending a warning to my address book list. It was sent (not
> on purpose of course) by a genealogy contact, and the directions which
> follow DID fix it. I suggest that you immediately print out this mailing
> and follow the directions also and make sure it is not in your system --
> and if so -- you can delete it. It is said to lie dormant for 14 days and
> then kills your hard drive. Stop everything you are doing right now,
> PLEASE, and take a minute to delete the virus file. The directions DO WORK
> and are easy to follow.
> 1. Go to START - then to FIND or SEARCH (depending on your computer.
> 2. In the FIND or SEARCH Folder, type in sulfnbk
> ----this IS the virus.
> 3. IN the "look in" or " which drive" question make sure you are
> your DRIVE C
> 4. Hit SEARCH button - or FIND
> 5. If this file shows up (it is an ugly black icon that will have the name
> 6. DO NOT OPEN IT
> RIGHT CLICK ON THE FILE... GO DOWN TO DELETE AND
> left click
> 7. It will ask you if you want to send to recycle bin --- click YES.
> 8. Go to desktop (where all your icons are) and double click on the recycle
> 9. Right click on sulfnbk. exe and delete again
> IF YOU FIND THAT YOU DID HAVE THE VIRUS, SEND THIS EMAIL TO ALL IN YOUR
> ADDRESSBOOK, BECAUSE THAT IS HOW IT IS TRANSFERRED. SORRY ABOUT THE
> TROUBLE. I WASN'T HAPPY THAT I GOT IT EITHER!! :-((
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