Threat Description



Aliases: DuBois
Category: Malware
Platform: W32


This is not a virus, but a hoax warning about one. This hoax is not related to the DaBoys virus.


Automatic Disinfection

Allow F-Secure Anti-Virus to disinfect the relevant files.

For more general information on disinfection, please see Removal Instructions.

Technical Details

In March 1996, the following hoax warning was circulating in the internet:

There is a new Virus out there that is a total pocket book
        killer. It is called the DuBois virus and when it hits you, it
        hits right in your pocketbook. when an infected program is
        executed, every individual RAM IC chip in your computer will
        explode! And if you don't get the virus removed from your hard
        drive before you power up the machine again after replacing all
        RAM, POOF!! It blows all the RAM again!!!!! KILLER!!!

Obviously, such virus does not and could not exist. Ignore the warning and inform anybody who is spreading this warning to stop doing it.

Description Created: Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure


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