In 1997 the Budweiser beer company placed a screensaver on their website
depicting the Budweiser frogs from their advertising campaign. Shortly
afterwards an email began circulating warning people not to download the
This is a new twist. Someone is sending out a very desirable
screen-saver the Budweiser Frogs. But if you download it, you will lose
Your hard drive will crash!!! DON'T DOWNLOAD THIS UNDER ANY
IT JUST WENT INTO CIRCULATION YESTERDAY, AS FAR AS WE KNOW....BE
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE...
This is WHAT THE SCREENSAVER OFFER WOULD LOOK LIKE!
File: BUDSAVER.EXE (24643 bytes)
DL Time (28800 bps):
At the time of writing, there is no known virus (or more correctly Trojan
horse) which masquerades as a Budweiser Frogs screensaver. However, users
should always be very cautious when downloading or using executables of unknown
The email also contains references to other hoaxes and scares, such as BUDDYLST.ZIP, Returned
or Unable to Deliver, and Win a Holiday.
One variant of this virus hoax mentions the Bug's Life screensaver