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.
- How can I protect myself while online?
- Tips and sites for detecting hoaxes like "Microsoft free Money" and "Bad Times"