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AOL4Free Hoax



The AOL4Free saga is part hoax, part reality. First, there is a Macintosh program named aol4free (note, it does not use the filename aol4free.com) Second, there is hoax generated that stated aol4free.com deleted files on users hard drives. Finally, there is a Trojan by the same name, which has been dubbed A4F-Spoof by the antivirus vendors to avoid confusion. (The assumption is that the hoax was a spin-off of the Mac program, and the Trojan a spin-off of the hoax).

Example of hoax email:

Anyone who recieves this must send it to as many people as you can. It is essential that this problem be reconciled as soon as possible.

A few hours ago, I opened an E-mail that had the subject heading of aol4free.com

Within seconds of opening it, a window appeared and began to display my files that were being deleted. I immediately shut down my computer, but it was too late. This virus wiped me out.

It ate the Anti-Virus Software that comes with the Windows '95 Program along with F-Prot AVS. Neither was able to detect it. Please be careful and send this to as many people as possible, so maybe this new virus can be eliminated.


Hoaxes are a waste of both time and money. Please don't forward them on to others. And if you are tempted to forward something just in case, read the article Toxic Excuses instead.

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