Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2001 6:02 PM
Subject: DAYS OF OUR LIVES #36


Subj: Re: Virus Alert

Hi Elder, Thanks for sending the warning message ..... but I believe it's just a hoax! I followed your instructions and located the file: sulfnbk.exe on my hard drive. I noticed it was dated 4/23/99 so it's been around for awhile.
Being a old suspicious ASA'er (how else do we live long enough to get old?), I started thinking what if it's a hoax and I really do need this file? I went to the attached website that I use to check for info on viruses - and especially hoaxes. Please check it out at:

If you read the text, you'll no doubt agree that it is just a hoax. It seems like the sulfnbk.exe is a legitimate executable file. The website also offers two sites to obtain in information on how to recover the file if you've already deleted it.
1. Symantec is the company that produces Norton Anti Virus (the one I use as a preferred provider of choice).
2. McAffee - another national organization with a great reputation for high quality.
I chose NOT to REPLY ALL to our fellow ASA'ers with this message, as some are touchy about receiving too much e-mail. I would recommend that you consider forwarding this response to all our pals, as I don't want to see them waste their time - or delete a file they may not even be aware they need.
Don't feel bad about getting taken in with this scam. The creeps that create all this hoax and virus stuff are a real pain in the a--. They are usually harmless pranks that cost only time - but some are really malicious and destructive. This one seems to be more in the category of a mostly harmless prank.
Thanks for keeping us all on the straight and narrow. I think you're doing a great service to us all (no pun intended)!
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Holiday and a healthy and happy New Year!
Take care pal.
As always.
Howard "Steve" Stephens
Det 27
12/60 thru 09/62


Subj: Re: Virus Alert

Hi, Use McAfee on my system and have just gone into their web site and obtained the fol infor. You might want to pass it along if you feel it is valid. Did not want to send it to all and bog down the system. Appreciate all the work you do and hope you have a Blesssed Holiday Season.
Ed Wyatt
McAfee AVERT Labs would like to inform you of a new email HOAX.
This email message is just a HOAX. Although, the SULFNBK.EXE file may become infected by a number of valid viruses (most commonly
W32/Magistr@MM <>, the details of this HOAX message are not based on actual events.
We are advising users who receive the email to delete the message and DO NOT pass it on as this is how an email HOAX propagates.
SULFNBK.EXE is a Microsoft Windows utility that is used to restore long file names Below is the actual text from the message that may be received via email. There are numerous variations on these messages.


Fm: David Comroe <

This is a giant hoax. If you search the internet you'll find info on this hoax. This file is a perfectly legitimate windows file that should remain on your computer. Please don't propagate these rumors before checking their validity.


Fm: Bill Hartranft

I didn't yet go through the process to identify the virus Bob Dandridge alerted but would offer you all the opportunity to check out a virus rumor site.... I found this helpful in quelling hysteria.

Hope you're all wrapped and ready for Christmas. Also hope your year has been blessed with happiness and just enough strife to allow you to enjoy the high points.

Look for the good; you'll find it

Look for the ass ache; you'll find it

Choose your search.

Be well...and merry ho-ho.