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A virus hoax is spread through email chain, social media posts, and other methods and claims to warn the potential victims of a threat, often exaggerated. An example would be a Hoax warning users that they need to delete a system file, such as the BugBear virus hoax.

It urged people to remove the file JDBGMGR.EXE, a normal Windows file that happened to have an icon shaped like a bear. This is actually a valid Microsoft Windows file, the Debugger Registrar for Java (also known as Java Debug Manager, hence jdbgmgr).

Hoaxes can be confirmed and safely ignored by a simple google search or visiting Snopes.com, Hoax-Slayer, or ThruthOrFiction.com

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