Y2K Viruses - this site claims they are mostly hoaxes, prompted by Y2K envy

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The author claims that talk of Y2K viruses is motivated by the Virus Scan makers' envy of all the attention going to the valid Y2K logic bug.

The good news is that there are no viruses in Elfbowling. (Consider yourself lucky if you have avoided this timewaster in your office.)

-- kermit (colourmegreen@hotmail.com), December 18, 1999


Sites like this fascinate me. This sites purpose is to disprove virus scares but what they dont bother to tell you is that thousands of viruses do exist and you should have the latest virus dat files in your virus scan program. Telling people to not worry, its all a scam or a hoax simply hits the snooze button and leaves people unprotected for real viruses which are floating around 24 hours a day.

I have worked on a hundred computers in the last year or so that had one of several dozen viruses. Almost everytime a new virus comes out I know of someone who got hit by it. So many people will install a virus program but never update the dat files, if a scare would get them to move and update the files that would be better than to make issues of the hoaxes so people just go back to sleep.

On the other hand, maybe its better you all dont update your dat files, I make MUCH MORE money AFTER you get hit by a virus.

-- hamster (hamster@mycage.com), December 18, 1999.

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