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Computers are not only now an integral part of our daily lives, they've also become the primary means by which urban legends and other pieces of misinformation are now spread — everything from "stupid computer user" stories to virus warning hoaxes (and the occasional real warning).


Green bulletHeartbleed

Green bulletFuneral Announcement

Green bulletCryptoLocker

Green bulletZeus Virus

Green bulletMitt Romney Almost President

Green bulletSkype virus.

Red bulletWindows Live Update virus.

Green bulletFlame Virus

Green bulletDNSChanger malware could knock users off the Internet on July 9.

Red bullet Messages offering the removal of a Facebook Timeline harbor a computer virus.

Green bullet "Nobody can watch this for more than 15 seconds" video.

Red bulletBreaking Dawn

Green bulletUniform Traffic Ticket

Green bulletHere You Have/ Here It Is / Just for You

Red bulletNew Gifts for You

Red bulletBlack in the White House   (aka Black Muslim in the White House)

Green bulletDistracting Beach Babes

Green bullet A form of malware can be activated by prompting Internet Explorer users to press the F1 key.

Green bullet Messages appearing to come from Facebook friends and directing recipients to view YouTube videos harbor a virus.

Green bulletFDIC notice of bank failure

Green bulletFacebook Virus (Bredlolab)

Green bulletFDIC notice of bank failure

Multi-status bulletFacebook Fan Check

Green bulletConficker (aka Downadup).

Green bulletKoobface

Green bulletAmazing Speech by Obama

Green bulletObama Sex Video

Green bulletCNN News Alert

Green bulletFBI vs. Facebook

Green bulletUPS/FedEx/DHL Delivery Failure

Green bullet "Complaint made to the FTC" download.

Green bulletRobot.

Green bullet You've Received a Postcard from a Family Member!

Green bulletStorm Worm

Green bulletMail Server Report

Multi-status bulletA (Virtual) Card for You

Green bulletNew Graphic Site

Red bulletInvitation   (aka Olympic Torch, Merry Christmas)

Green bulletKama Sutra   (aka Nyxem.E, Grew.A, Blackmal.E, MyWife.D)

Green bulletSober.X   (aka "Illegal Websites")

Multi-status bulletOsama Hanged   (aka Hackarmy)

Multi-status bulletOsama bin Laden Captured

Red bulletBudweiser Frogs Screen Saver

Red bulletMobile Phone Virus   (UNAVAILABLE, ACE-? or XALAN)

Green bulletMichael Jackson Suicide Attempt   (aka Troj/Borobt-Gen)

Green bulletW32.Sober.N   (aka "I've Got Your Email on My Account")

Green bulletW32.Sober.K   (aka "FBI questions about visits to illegal web sites")

Green bulletW32/VBSun-A   (aka "Tsunami Donation")

Green bulletZafi.D

Green bulletMyDoom   (Paypal charge variant)

Green bulletSasser

Green bulletBeagle.Q   (aka Bagle.Q)

Green bulletBeagle.J   (aka Bagle.J)

Green bulletNetsky

Green bulletNovarg   (aka MyDoom)

Green bulletSober.C   (aka FBI Illegal Download)*

Green bulletBackdoor.Sysbug   (aka James)

Green bulletMimail.i   (aka Paypal)

Green bulletMicrosoft Patch

Red bulletGot You

Green bulletDumaru

Green bulletSobig.F   (W32.Sobig.F@mm)

Green bulletBlaster   (MSBlaster.exe)

Green bulletMimail   (message.zip)

Green bulletPalyh

Green bulletFizzer

Green bulletGanda

Green bulletLovgate   (W32.HLLW.Lovgate@mm)

Red bulletChristmas tree app

Green bulletSobig   (W32.Sobig.A@mm)

Green bulletLirva   (W32.Lirva.A@mm)

Green bullet Opening a greeting card from FriendGreetings.com can trigger a software download that will automatically send an e-card to everyone in your address book.

Green bulletBugbear   (W32.Bugbear@mm)

Red bulletJDBGMGR.EXE   (Bear Virus)

Green bulletKlez-H   (Allhallowmas)

Red bulletVisit the New Facebook

Red bulletLife is Beautiful.pps

Green bulletMyLife   (W32.MyLife.C@mm)

Red bulletAn Internet Flower for You

Green bulletGibe

Green bulletKlez

Red bulletHackers List

Green bulletPictures of My Party   (W32/Myparty@mm)

Green bulletGigger   (JS.Gigger.A@mm)

Green bulletScherzo!

Green bulletReeezak   (Christmas.exe)

Red bulletSULFNBK.EXE

Green bulletGoner   (gone.scr)

Green bulletBadTrans

Red bulletWTC Survivor

Green bulletVoter Virus   (Win.32.vote, wtc.exe)

Green bulletNimda   (readme.exe)

Green bulletCode Red

Green bulletW32/SirCam

Red bulletIt Takes Guts to Say Jesus

Red bulletGoodtimes (also known as Join the Crew, Penpal Greetings, Deeyenda, Irina and Win a Holiday).

Red bullet A free immunity tool will protect your PC from the Klez.E virus.

Red bullet Creating a phony entry in your address book will stop viruses from mailing themselves out from your PC.

Red bulletMusicPanel MP3 Virus

Yellow bulletTimothy McVeigh execution video

Green bulletSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs (hahaha@sexyfun.net)

Green bulletShakira's Pictures

Green bulletMicrosoft Security Patch

Red bulletDance of the Pope

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