Good Times

Category: Virus hoax Discovered On: 01 Jan 2000
Type: hoax Updated On: 08 Jun 2006

Description

Probably the most successful virus hoax of all time, Good Times has been scaring people since 1994. It's still going strong, despite the fact that it is completely untrue; there is no such virus, and indeed it is impossible for a virus to do what is claimed for Good Times.

The hoax started off simply: it warned people not to read or download any email with the subject of "Good Times", because the messages were viral and would erase their hard drives. Later, more detail was added, telling of the damage that would be done to the user's computer system.

The end of the spoof warning contained an exhortation to "Forward this to all your friends. It may help them a lot." pass the message on to everyone the recipient knew. In their thousands, people did, and still do.

The secret to the success of the hoax is that it successfully taps into computer users' fears about computers, security and the Internet, and contains pseudo-technical babble that sounds convincing.

There are a large number of variants including 'Penpal Greetings'.

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