creates online confusion
To confuse matters, a virus known as W32.Efortune actually does infect the Java Debugger Manager file. However, that virus has failed to spread widely.
"We are seeing quite a bit of users (who are infected) on our online forums," said Ruckman. "It's picking up steam."
The month-old hoax has been passed from one would-be Samaritan to another, and it can be identified by its text.
"I just got this message from a contact," the e-mail message will generally start. "Sure enough, my address book was infected, which means yours will be also. I have the fix below. I have both McAfee and Norton Antivirus and neither caught it."
"The virus (called jdbgmgr.exe) is not detected by Trend Penicillin, Norton or McAfee antivirus systems," it continues. "The virus sits quietly for 14 days before damaging the system."
The hoax is nothing new, Ruckman said.
"This is not the first time someone has gone after a system file," she said. A year ago, anothertargeted the system file "sulfnbk.exe," a Windows component that restores long file names.
The hoax has been translated into four other languages besides English: Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian.
"If you ever get an e-mail and it tells you to send it out to as many people as possible, that should give you pause," Ruckman said.