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Budweiser Frogs Screensaver Virus Email: Hoax

Story: 

BUD FROGS SCREEN SAVER
PASS THIS ON FAST AND FAR--VIRUS WARNING
DANGER!!! VIRUS ALERT!!!
THIS IS A NEW TWIST. SOME SCAM-ARTIST IS SENDING OUT A VERY DESIRABLE SCREEN-SAVER (THE BUD FROGS), BUT IF YOU DOWN-LOAD IT, YOU'LL LOSE EVERYTHING!!!!
DON'T DOWNLOAD THIS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!! HERE'S EXACTLY WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE - AN EXACT COPY....DO NOT DOWNLOAD THE BELOW...JUST BEWARE OF IT.
IT JUST WENT INTO CIRCULATION YESTERDAY, AS FAR AS WE KNOW....BE CAREFUL.
"SAJ" 5/13/97 . . . . PLEASE DISTRIBUTE TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE ...THANX TO ABYTEDOC / BYTEDOC1 FOR THIS INPUT.

Other Versions

1. DANGER!!! VIRUS ALERT!!!
THIS IS A NEW TWIST. SOME CREEPOID SCAM-ARTIST IS SENDING OUT A VERY DESIRABLE SCREEN-SAVER {{THE BUD FROGS}}. IF YOU DOWN-LOAD IT, YOU'LL LOSE EVERYTHING!!!! YOUR HARD DRIVE WILL <<>> CRASH!!

DON'T DOWNLOAD THIS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!! IT JUST WENT INTO CIRCULATION ON 05/13/97, AS FAR AS I KNOW!!

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS WARNING TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE... BELOW IS WHAT THE SCREENSAVER PROGGIE WOULD LQQK LIKE!
File: BUDSAVER.EXE (24643 bytes) DL Time (28800 bps): < 1 minute

2. READ IMMEDIATELY AND PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW

Someone is sending out a very cute screensaver of the Budweiser Frogs. If you download it, you will lose everything! Your hard drive will crash and someone from the Internet will get your screen name and password!

DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT UNDER  ANY CIRCUMSTANCES! It just went into circulation yesterday. Please distribute this message. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. This information was announced yesterday morning from Microsoft.

Please share it with everyone that might access the Internet. Once again, Pass This Along To EVERYONE in your address book so that this may be stopped. AOL has said that this is a very dangerous virus and that there is NO remedy for it at this time.

This is VERY important. If you receive a screen saver from a friend or anyone you may not know with the Budweiser Frogs in it, DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT OR OPEN THE FILE!

Press the forward button on your email program and send this notice to EVERYONE you know. Let's keep our email safe for everyone.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.

Analysis:

Various stories circulating online through emails since many years warn users of a new, deadly computer virus claiming to offer free Budweiser Frog Screensavers - that opening or downloading such a file coming with the email will destroy the user's hard drive. No, the claims are not facts.

The Budweiser Frogs are 3 life-like puppet frogs named as "Bud", "Weis", and "Er", which appeared in American television commercials to promote Budweiser beer starting from 1995. With many series of Budweiser Frogs Commercials (shown in the video), they became so likeable and popular that in the coming years the aforementioned warnings started to circulate through emails claiming that versions of the Budweiser Frogs screensaver were being distributed along with a "very malicious virus". Warnings about the purported malicious emails also appeared on social networking websites in later years. However, no such widely-distributed virus as described in the emails was reported till this writing. The email warnings about the Budweiser Frogs Screensaver Virus, which perhaps started as pranks or scare messages, are simply hoaxes, and can be deleted; forwarding them to others will do no good.

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References:

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