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Virus Hoax

Larry Orr larry.orr at asu.edu
Mon Dec 4 12:37:42 EST 1995

I have been receiving numerous warnings about the imfamous "Good Times"
virus with requests to forward this on to the newsgroup.  THIS VIRUS IS A
HOAX and was identified as such two years ago. Unfortunately, well meaning
persons keep discovering the "virus" and forward the warnings on across the
internet about every 5 months.

The "virus" warning was dreamed up as a hoax by a couple students two years
ago--the virus itself does not exist.  The warning message, however, has become
duplicated and reposted so many times, that it has become a virtual virus,
which is probably what its creators intended.

Information on the hoax is available in many computer magazines and other
sources, if you are interested.  I suppose in the future someone could come
up with a new computer virus and give it that name, but it could not
function as described in the warnings.


Larry Orr                               Larry.Orr at ASU.edu
Photosynthesis Center                   tel: (602) 965-1963
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry       fax: (602) 965-2747
Arizona State University
Box 871604
Tempe, AZ 85287-1604 USA            http://aspin.asu.edu/provider/photosyn/

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