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Guts to Say Jesus Virus Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message warns that an email with the subject “It Takes Guts to Say Jesus” carries a virus that will erase everything on your hard drive.

Brief Analysis

This message is a hoax. There is no virus like the one described in the email. This false virus warning should not be forwarded to others. 

Example

Subject: Fw: MAJOR VIRUS WARNING

WARNING! THIS IS NO JOKE

PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE YOU HAVE AN E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR.

If you receive an email titled:

“It Takes Guts to Say Jesus”

DO NOT OPEN IT.

It will erase everything on your hard drive. This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; AOL states that this is a very dangerous virus, much worse than “Melissa,” and that there is NO Remedy for it at this time.

Some very sick individual has succeeded in using the reformat function from Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase all documents on the hard drive.

It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It destroys Macintosh and IBM coimputable computers.

This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. Pass this warning along to EVERYONE in your address book and please share it with all your online friends ASAP so that this threat may be stopped.

Please practice cautionary measures and tell anyone that may have access to your computer. Forward this warning to everyone you know who might access the Internet.

IBM Information Systems

Detailed Analysis

This long-running hoax message claims that a virus that arrives with an email with the subject line “It Takes Guts to Say Jesus” is so destructive that it will erase all data on the hard-drive of the infected computer.

The information in the email is completely false and should be ignored. There is no virus that has the characteristics outlined in this bogus email.

This hoax first made its appearance way back in 1998, and has become one of the most widely distributed of all email virus hoaxes. There are several variations of this hoax, all equally false. An older variant of the hoax is included below.

If you receive the Guts to Say Jesus email, please inform the sender that the message is a hoax and do not send it to others. There are a number of hoax emails that distribute information about non-existent computer viruses. If you receive a virus warning via email, always take the time to check the truth of its claims at a reputable virus or hoax information website before forwarding it to others.

Example of Guts to Say Jesus hoax submitted in 2003:

VIRUS WARNING !!!!!!!

If you receive an email titled “It Takes Guts to Say ‘Jesus,'” DO NOT open it. It will erase everything on your hard drive. Forward this letter out to as many people as you can. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; please share it with everyone that might access the Internet. Once again, pass this along to EVERYONE in your address book so that this may be stopped.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer