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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
09/02/03: Teddybear Hoax, again

Tech Support Pits:
From Christina=== Dear Webby I love your humor letter!! I recieved the following e-mail today (see below) and I was wondering what you could tell me about it? Is this a hoax? If I follow these instructions, what will I be removing and what will it do to my computer. If it is not a hoax, is this the correct way to go about fixing it? Thanks for your help !! Christina P.S. Is there anywhere to go (website) and check up on an e-mail such as this? Would there be something to be found on the hoax website in relation to these types of e-mails? Thanks again :-) Christine === (the letter was a typical Teddybear hoax chainletter) Dear Christina It's a stupid old hoax. If you fell for the hoax, you can restore that file from your original Windows installation disk. It's a standard Windows file and part of any normal Windows installation. If you don't have your Windows installation CD handy, don't worry about it. Only Java programmers actually need that file, and they would not fall for that hoax, since they are familiar with that file. You might want to warn your friends that some bozo is sending that old Teddybear hoax around again, and that they should take anything coming from that bozo with a big grain of salt. If he fell for THAT old hoax, he will fall for all kinds of other nonsense too. To recognize a hoax, keep in mind that McAfee, Norton, AVP, etc. would not rely on some dopey bozo to spread the news by BCC chain letter. They do automatic updates of their anti-virus programs. Because of the bozo infestation in certain cities, I put two links into the side menu of the Humor Letter about 5 years ago. Scoot down the menu to just below the Thesaurus. There you see Virus Hoaxes and below that Urban Legends If you click on Virus Hoaxes you'll get directly to a page with tons of hoaxes listed alphabetically, in tiny print to make them all fit on the page. As far as I remember, the jdbmanager hoax is the 4th from the top in the second column, or thereabouts. Maybe some day when you are bored, you could skim through those virus hoaxes to get familiar with them. Some are quite a hoot, and the more familiar you get with them, the sillier and funnier they will be to read ! Have FUN DearWebby
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