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Elf Bowling Virus Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

This old “virus warning” is still crossing inboxes. Although the games mentioned in the email are real, they do not contain viruses. Symantec Security Response has confirmed this.

The email should be deleted without forwarding. Sharing false security information such as this will help nobody.

Examples of the hoax message:

TO ALL IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED ANY OF THESE GAMES = FROGAPULT.EXE ELFBOWL.EXE (FROG GAME) & (ELFBOWLING GAME) PLEASE CAN YOU DELETE THEM COMPLETELY OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM AS THEY BOTH HAVE A DELAYED VIRUS ATTACHED TO THEM THAT WILL BE ACTIVATED ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND WILL WIPE OUT YOUR SYSTEM. LET EVERYONE KNOW OF THIS.

If anyone has sent you, a game called “elfbowl.exe” (cool> game, tenpin bowling with little elves as pins), it apparently has a virus that will be activated on December 25th. Either take a risk, or delete before then.


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