AOLers Tricked Into Deleting AOL
from the why-people-shouldn't-be-allowed-to-use-computers dept
Following on the hoax virus warning that caused people to delete a harmless file from their computers, someone posted a “joke of the day” that copied the wording from that fake virus, but suggested people remove AOL.exe from their computers. The scary thing is that, despite this being from a joke of the day site, and despite the fact that just about anyone with half a brain would think that the AOL.exe might logically be their AOL program (okay, I’ll admit that not everyone will know what a .exe is, but still…) many people believed it and apparently deleted AOL.exe from their hard drives. It wasn’t a huge number – though one person says maybe they’ve only heard of a few because the rest can’t get online.