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Teddy Bear Virus Hoax (***Note***)

The so-called "Teddy Bear" virus hoax is one of the older email hoaxes. It regularly shows up in one form or another commonly through email, bulletin boards, forums and news groups. Unfortunately, this one is a little more harmful than your average email hoax. The goal is to trick novice computer users into deleting "jdbgmgr.exe", a legitimate Windows file.

One of the reasons that this email hoax has been so successful is that the file in question (jdbgmgr.exe) really does have the below teddy bear icon. Funny as it may seem, this is the icon for this file:

jdbgmgr.exe Icon

Here's an example of a typical Teddy Bear Hoax email:

----- Begin Example Email -----

SORRY - but as you're on my address list this virus has probably forwarded itself on to you.

It is easily removed if you don't open the file (jdbgmgr.exe) It has a teddy bear icon and is not detectable by norton or mcafee.

Just go to Start then the find or search option. In the files or folders option type jdbgmgr.exe. Search C drive and tick the 'include subfolders' and any other drives you may have. Click 'find now' - the virus has a grey teddy icon. DO NOT OPEN IT. Go to edit (on the menu bar) and 'select all'. Now go to file (on the menu bar) and DELETE. This will send it to the recycle bin so then go and delet or empty it there as well.

If you find the virus (as I did!) you must contact everyone in your address book and send them these instructions. ASAP.

----- End Example Email -----

Luckily, deleting jdbgmgr.exe will not cause problems for the average end user. The file is the Microsoft Debugger Registrar for Java, which is used only by Microsoft Visual J++ 1.1 developers.

An important rule of thumb here is to never delete a file based off of information provided in an email, no matter who it comes from. Feel free to send us an email, enter a HelpDesk request, or give us a call any time you have an email that tells you to make a change on your computer or one you find to be suspect. Remember, many viruses and hoaxes are written to sound like they come from some one you know or someone who knows what they are talking about.

If you have already deleted jdbgmgr.exe you can get detailed information by reading this Microsoft Knowledge Base article.