Hoax

Term used to describe anything that is not real. For example, many hoax e-mails are distributed to cause false fears. A good example of a hoax virus is the "Bad Times" virus, which claimed to be a virus capable of erasing everything on your computer hard drive as well as any disks or other magnetic media around your computer. Today, most hoaxes are spread though chain mails.

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Also see: Scam, Security terms, Virus