SULFNBK.EXE


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Hoax

True  
Urban Legend

False
Chain Mail

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This is a HOAX. However it is quite possible some miscreant will try and use this to spread a real virus infected file. The W32/Magistr-A is already known to infect the SULFNBK.EXE file.

What is SULFNBK.EXE?
SULFNBK.EXE is a program which is a standard part of the Windows 9x operating system family. It can be used to backup and restore long filenames. The version supplied with your computer (95/98) should be 45,056 bytes in size and dated 23rd April 1999 10:22:00PM.  However, this file may be be a different size and date/time on other versions, especially other language versions. Furthermore, it may not be installed on all installations of 9x.

This file DOES NOT appear to be shipped with Windows NT 4.0.

This file has recently become the subject of a hoax which has been distributed in both Spanish and Portuguese languages. More recently a full  version in English is being circulated, this version can be seen at the foot of this page.

Please note: The W32/Magistr-A virus is known to infect the file SULFNBK.EXE (this is unconnected with this hoax) so we recommend that you delete this file only if you receive it as an attachment via e-mail.

Here is the text of the virus hoax in both Spanish and Portuguese, and a rough English translation below those:

Spanish version:


Portuguese version:
 

A roughly translated version in English appears below:
New English Version:

PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. THIS VIRUS WAS ON MY COMPUTER, THROUGH ANOTHER FRIEND WHOSE ADDRESS BOOK I AM IN. THE VIRUS APPRARENTLY TRAVELS THROUGH ADDRESS BOOKS -- YOU ARE ALL IN MINE. SORRY.

This is serious!
I got this virus, and chances are you have it too, since you're all in my address book. It lies dormant for 14 days, then kills your hard drive

Here's how to stop it. If you've got it, send this to everyone in your address book. The directions for removing it are easy.

1. Go to 'start' - then to 'find or search' (depending on your computer
2. In the 'search for files or folders' type in sulfnbk.exe -- this is the virus.
3. In the 'look in' make sure you're searching Drive C.
4. Hit 'search' button (or find)
5. If this file shows up (it's an ugly blackish icon that will have the name 'sulfnbk.exe') DO NOT OPEN IT
6. Right click on the file - go down to delete and left click.
7. I will ask you if you want to send it to the recycle bin, say yes.
8. Go to your desktop (where all your icons are) and double click on the recycle bin.
9. Right click on sulfnbk.exe and delete again - or empty the bin.

If you find it send this email to all in your address book, because that's how it's transferred.

You may actually receive a hoax via email with a/the named file attached. This file attachment should be treated with great caution as it may be an attempt to use this hoax to pass a real virus infected file onto unsuspecting parties.

Want to know how to replace the file if you have deleted it?

Click here for the answer.

Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and please do not pass on any messages regarding it. Passing on these messages only serves to further propagate it.



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