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Perrin.exe virusCATEGORY: Hoax virus alerts
This mythical alert surfaced in mid-1999. The original version appeared in Spanish but later underwent an English translation. It warns users to delete any email with "Upgrade Internet2" in the subject line.
"Perrin.exe" is a legitimate program name which could theoretically carry a virus. However, this alert contains no credible information. Like many hoaxes, it claims the virus will destroy your computer once it activates. It also claims antivirus software cannot yet detect it. And it tells users to "forward this email to all the people you can."
Some English translations now also include "combination virus alerts" (see related link). Other English translations insist CNN broadcast a warning about the virus on a specific date. These variations are dismissed as genuine hoaxes.
Some trivia: virus experts must deal with alerts written in many different languages. Vmyths.com suspects the original English translation came from well-meaning virus experts who wanted to debunk it.
Last updated: 2000/11/2