Virus Hoaxes of the Early Internet | Nostalgia Nerd

13 sep 2020
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Head to ​ to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code NOSTALGIANERD....Viruses have been with us for decades. But what about virus hoaxes? At one point our inboxes seemed more rife with warnings than we knew what to do with. All these seemingly problematic messages doing the rounds, some which would destroy our computer simply if we read the text on screen! Well let's explore some of them, including;
The Good Times Virus
Bill Gates Prize Chain
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  • Are you asking to be demonitized with this video? 😂

    Peter Horrox PhotographyPeter Horrox Photography5 dagar sedan
  • The combination of a Happy Holidays sign off and the guy at the end has me dyingggg!!

    Chris DChris D5 dagar sedan
  • 4:08 this clip typing into a html tag made me giggle

    CoolAsFreyaCoolAsFreya8 dagar sedan
  • ignorance is a plague all its own.

    NightRogueNightRogue11 dagar sedan
  • If you want to know when the world shall end, I can tell you. Just..... for a million dollars. Terms and Conditions apply* *The date may vary wildly from the date stated by the medium. The medium is not responsible for any mistakes in his predictions or liable to any inconvenience or damage caused by his statement and by reading this you are agreeing to be responsible for all your actions.Read and act on this at your risk only.

    Darshan GaonkarDarshan Gaonkar13 dagar sedan
  • So they also had Corona back in the 90s, where the fear is far worse than the disease. However, software can potentially damage hardware. When certain ports are raised and lowered (and the hardware not foresees this) it can cause short circuits. There were certain “lethal pokes”. Especially prone were CRT screens that you could oversteer the electron beam causing permanent harm. Drive gears and steppermotors can also be subject to damage. If you keep stepping despite an end switch is triggered. Can damage cogs or even burn-out the motor. Now mice are no subject to these sorts of attacks.

    Raymond DoetjesRaymond Doetjes20 dagar sedan
  • hello i'm the sandman

    Bill GatesBill Gates21 dag sedan
  • virus hoaxes of today: global pandemic, wear a mask, stay home, social distance,

    MarzhMarzh22 dagar sedan
  • All of these were essentially "modern" extensions of the chain letter. Don't forget they were slightly changed for chat programs like AIM, etc. And then into SEworld comments like it was the Ring VHS tape curse. The Microsoft $1000 email has essentially continued as the Nigerian/Embassy scam, and posts on facebook about "privacy" or "you aren't my real friend unless you say this..." status update posts keep the chain letter alive today. Do your part, end the chain letter by ignoring all of these. ...Be sure to post this information to atleast 5 other youtube videos and email 10 of your friends or you'll never get married!!!!111wtfBBQ

    Philip SowersPhilip Sowers23 dagar sedan
  • There was a recent one of these memetic viral information things on Instagram called the Blue Whale challenge... (reply if you want more, I'll edit it here)

    LONS TeamLONS Team23 dagar sedan
  • So, this is where Weird Al got all the ideas for his Virus Alert song! :-D

    NTICompass ComputersNTICompass Computers23 dagar sedan
  • phew. my 24bit sound card is safe.

    Felicity ChevalierFelicity Chevalier23 dagar sedan
  • Weird Al made a great song based on the Badtimes hoax, called "Virus Alert" it's quite good.

    QwerasdQwerasd24 dagar sedan
  • The beautiful part is, those that got gud @ hunting down elusive porn during this time period not only learned how to get what they want cia search engine criteria, but also avoid most if not all of the internet's pitfalls. It was akin to avoiding hazards in Mario to get the Princess.

    TonyBManTonyBMan24 dagar sedan
  • Your channel is the first time I ever heard PKXARC (P.K. ex-ARC) pronounced "Zark"

    John DługoszJohn Długosz24 dagar sedan
  • I tried to download a virus and got error 404 lol

    buck pylesbuck pyles24 dagar sedan
  • I'm disappointed that you left out my favorite category of these hoaxes. There were a few that went around warning people that a new virus was making the rounds, and that you should check in the C:\Windows\Command folder for a specific file to see if you're infected. And went on to say that deleting the file in question was often successful in cleaning the infection. Everyone receiving that email *had* the file, so they panicked, deleted it, and warned all their friends. And when the computer failed to boot up the next time, well... they obviously weren't quite quick enough to detect it. Another fun category was the "honor virus". It was an email virus working on the honor system. It requested that you forward it to all your contacts, and then delete a bunch of files from your computer.

    Edward BartonEdward Barton25 dagar sedan

    -Arkaiid--Arkaiid-25 dagar sedan
  • Ah, the good old days when viruses just threatened to erase your hard drive and not hold your files for ransom, turn your computer into a botnet for criminal activity, destroy nuclear reactors, or rig global elections.

    Jackson MileurJackson Mileur25 dagar sedan
  • nostalgia nerd has a secret data streem in his youtube videos which allows him to take over control of your browing history. this is where he gets all the info from he uses in his videos.

    Firstname LastnameFirstname Lastname25 dagar sedan
  • 13:05 Pokemon gold space world demo ditto evolution

    Small bearSmall bear25 dagar sedan
  • You wouldn't download a car?

    pegcity4evapegcity4eva26 dagar sedan
  • I owe quite a lot to the bud frogs hoax. It's what got me interested in viruses.

    NoxturnalNoxturnal26 dagar sedan
  • So I paused the video so I could get back to work, and noticed that the next title was the Budweiser Frogs screensaver. I actually had that screensaver for a little while, and vaguely recalled hearing afterward that there was a virus in it. Good to know I didn't inadvertently download a virus onto my parents' PC.

    stupid5pinstupid5pin26 dagar sedan
  • How did "Mike Rochanel" give it away?

    Leading AuctionsLeading Auctions26 dagar sedan
  • look at these boomers actually opening their email

    deathbydevicedeathbydevice26 dagar sedan
  • I'd love to see a video on old 90's Phreaking culture. Beige box's, blue box's etc. The evolution of Network manipulation.

    James DrummondJames Drummond26 dagar sedan
  • don't think I'll ever understand why someone would think that sending a url (particularly one which nobody would enter accidentally ever) out to everyone would be an effective way of keeping others from it... when I was a kid I found out about an incredibly morbid, bloody, and violent flash game which was basically just a torture simulator in the line of "kick the buddy". it was pretty awesome for its time actually, nestled away in the adult section of newgrounds. I'd never have found had it not been for a news bit about it!

    hang da clownhang da clown27 dagar sedan
  • 2:34 the only thing I'm fearing is that guy's freakishly long nosferati index finger.

    hang da clownhang da clown27 dagar sedan
  • 3:58 Well, at least he's not an anti-vaxx.

    Game HeroGame Hero27 dagar sedan
  • Unfortunately, so long as the mantra "For every idiot-proof system, there is at least one system-proof idiot" continues to apply (i.e. forever), such messages will continue to propagate. As an example, you wouldn't believe the number of times my wife has been convinced that she has won the Irish Lottery (despite never having played it!) based on emails she has received!

    Kevin ReedKevin Reed27 dagar sedan
  • Funny how quickly people will believe the ridiculous, it all about trust in the source of the information, not the actual falidity of said information people judge.

    jamie noonanjamie noonan27 dagar sedan
  • bags of sand... that was a hoax

    Tim McConnellTim McConnell27 dagar sedan
  • Viral hoaxes of the Modern Internet: Covid19

    TinfoilTomcatTinfoilTomcat27 dagar sedan
  • I didn't know the Democrat party and climate alarmist could be classified as religious groups...we hear from them how the world will end every week since 2001 and longer.

    toasteee252toasteee25227 dagar sedan
  • How to stop people from downloading cracks of your software: Call it a virus.

    WadelDeeWadelDee27 dagar sedan
  • Has there ever been a virus that simply made a frightening text appear, like "YOU GOT A VIRUS" or something, but doesn't do anything otherwise?

    WadelDeeWadelDee27 dagar sedan
  • Imagine cracking a game and distributing it over the internet, only for your crack to be hijacked and infected with a virus...

    WadelDeeWadelDee27 dagar sedan
  • speaking of bad processes. people REALLY REALLY REALLY! have to name them something a person that didnt design the system can actually understand and read. thats 90% of those hoaxes fixed right there! a simple rename.

    Raffia16th BlazeRaffia16th Blaze27 dagar sedan
  • >CDC holy shit i havent heard this one for a while, basically 4chan before it was. also I still get such emails so... and people fall for it. "HELP I GOT A VIRUS!"

    Silver SpoonSilver Spoon27 dagar sedan
  • 12:25 there was a fault in early Pentium II motherboards where a software instruction could cause the board to shut off the CPU fan. Although no virus ever used it, and Intel did quickly correct it with a firmware update, it could in theory have been abused to fry the CPU

    SteelRodentSteelRodent28 dagar sedan
  • Who is hogging the knowledge

    Useless uselessnessUseless uselessness29 dagar sedan
  • Me, the techie of the fam: No, Mom. Those aren't cool toolbars. A lot of them come with Malware. Mom: But it says it's trusted.

    Lee GouLee Gou29 dagar sedan
  • the fact that Brits say noughties for the two thousands is amazing

    RannRann29 dagar sedan
  • Beto ORourke, and myself were in cDc. I also contributed on back orifice.

    David MiscaviageDavid Miscaviage29 dagar sedan
  • P.T. Barnum's slogan will never die. I remember just about all of the hoaxes mentioned in this video. I'm not sure how gullible you have to be to think a downloaded e-mail or its attachment could somehow possibly kill your lawn. Then again, as a fan of Stranger Things, I guess anything's possible. :)

    Don CostelloDon Costello29 dagar sedan
  • shitspace

    I'm sucotikI'm sucotik29 dagar sedan
  • That is a hella strong virus when it eats your anti-virus software

    megamanyoutubermegamanyoutuber29 dagar sedan
  • My favourite part of this video is the near-corpsing he did when reading out that your time and anguish is valued only at $43

    Jonathan FaberJonathan Faber29 dagar sedan
  • air-oh-knee-us yw

    sean sullivansean sullivan29 dagar sedan
  • Back in the late 90s nobody wanted to take my screensavers that I made in QB 4.5. Then I realized they thought I was trying to send them a virus. LOL. The virus spam I remember the most was the sector zero one.

    billyjoejimbob75billyjoejimbob75Månad sedan
  • My grandpa still sends me crap like this.

    WranderousWranderousMånad sedan
  • That very "desirable" screensaver: The Budweiser Frogs

    Gerald ChurchillGerald ChurchillMånad sedan
  • Never heard of bad times before, except for a great song by Laika, where they used that warning text as lyrics. My life is more complete now the pieces of the puzzle are connected.

    Roman BokijRoman BokijMånad sedan
  • About Billy Gates and the “coof cure”, I’m sure it started out as a joke much like one of the hoaxes you’ve covered in this video only for some normies to stumble on it and think it’s actually a real conspiracy. That being said, I don’t much care for being among the first folks to try it out once it’s released, so I’ll leave it to you to test it out and report back on the results. 😏

    Jolis ParsecJolis ParsecMånad sedan
  • I don’t like the new LGR. All the baked-in ads and the countless stock footage has killed it for me.

    BenediktBenediktMånad sedan
  • Fortune is in your future if you reply to this comment with your credit card number, exp date, security number, you mother's maiden name, and your social security #

    Ramen, Literally RamenRamen, Literally RamenMånad sedan
    • Don't do this it's a joke

      Ramen, Literally RamenRamen, Literally RamenMånad sedan
  • The hoaxes created just as many problems as real viruses. People blindly following instructions to email everyone in their address list created huge amounts of SMTP traffic.

    paulanderson79paulanderson79Månad sedan
  • I know of viruses that can brick components or destory the entire PC, they are called: Fallout 3/Fallout New Vegas.

    coal jamescoal jamesMånad sedan
  • weird al's virus alert song

    Douglas WalrathDouglas WalrathMånad sedan
  • lol back in the day many many moons ago, I used to use the free sign up disks to get the dialler information that you used to dial to subscribe for the paid internet account.

    John A DoeJohn A DoeMånad sedan
  • Watching this while suffering from a virus. Covid ain't no hoax. It sucks.

    Ryan WhitelawRyan WhitelawMånad sedan
    • @paulanderson79 oh fuck off with the exaggerated numbers shite. There is no grand conspiracy.

      Ryan WhitelawRyan WhitelawMånad sedan
    • Poor bloke, get well ASAP. It's definitely not a hoax, but I do think it's being exaggerated (in terms of numbers) in order to wrest a lot of control from us.

      paulanderson79paulanderson79Månad sedan
  • I just want to clarify that although that chainmail they started was a hoax, Cult of the Dead Cow was a real group of hackers who had actually released a fair amount of malicious software. I'm familiar with their work, because my family attempted to use one of their programs to monitor my online activities on a shared computer. I discovered it because I was in the habit of deleting and rolling back recently modified files after browsing LGBT support forums before I came out. It was easily defeated by write protecting the logs it was keeping, so there was no data in it to exfiltrate when it was scheduled to dial home. This lead them to believe that I was simply AFK during those times rather than conducting the private communications that they were attempting to monitor. I recall dissecting the program to find the collective's name, and doing additional research to determine whether there might be any other hidden functions in the monitoring software. Its disguise was very superficial. It showed in the process manager as a second instance of a program that was supposed to run only a single instance, and rather overtly announced its name and that of the collective in the system registry. Apparently, the program wasn't designed for use against targets with more than a basic end-user level of skill, and my family had severely underestimated my paranoia.

    Star CrasherStar CrasherMånad sedan
  • Virus alert! Delete immediately before someone gets hurt! Forward this message onto everybody.

  • My grandma would always fall for these. My friends and I would laugh our asses off (and pick on her a little) about it.

    Aaron ClarkAaron ClarkMånad sedan
  • i NEVER got the reason people thought the Budweiser frogs were funny/cool..... . seriously one of the dumbest ads ive ever seen.....

    kain hallkain hallMånad sedan
  • So...The early internet was essentially the 90s equivalent of WhatsApp.

    PowerKirbyBomberPowerKirbyBomberMånad sedan
  • I'm getting an inexplicable urge to watch the music video for Weird Al's "Virus Alert"...

    Epic PotatoEpic PotatoMånad sedan
  • ah the classic "you need to delet system32 its a virus"

    JKwakJKwakMånad sedan
  • I remember the Budweiser frogs screen savers!!! I had the exact one you showed on screen and a few others from those super popular Budweiser campaigns. Super nostalgic.

    Melissa GreenMelissa GreenMånad sedan
  • This is the first time I have heard the 00’s referred to as the “naughties” and I really like it.

    Melissa GreenMelissa GreenMånad sedan
  • I had a little exe prog that pretended to be a virus, and if you ran it it would do different thing's to you're pc but nothing harmful though. come to think about it i probably still have it on one of over 1K 3.5 's i still have.

    white vampwhite vampMånad sedan
    • So, a joke program?

      Black HatBlack Hat28 dagar sedan
  • Chain-mail sucks.

    Fusion DeveloperFusion DeveloperMånad sedan
  • Judging by the messages in this video, you can avoid all hoaxes by ignoring any message that contains excessive or weird punctuation. Following this advice will also save you from having to talk to people who have no brain.

    Daniel CassidyDaniel CassidyMånad sedan
  • We have our own virus hoax going on right now.

    mac11380mac11380Månad sedan
  • att: so tell me again why you need a new phone? customer: my computer got a virus. also att: ok, please explain this again... also customer: so sit right down and let me tell you a story about how my ex-wifes phone got flip turned up-si-down....

    mew SP_on23567mew SP_on23567Månad sedan
  • Y2K better be on this list.

    mew SP_on23567mew SP_on23567Månad sedan
  • Best one ever dude "very clever" 👍💯😀

    Dominic ADominic AMånad sedan
  • Has your credit card number been stolen on the internet? Enter here to find out:

    9c300770edca993092e59c300770edca993092e5Månad sedan
  • You know what the advantage of saying "THE WORLD WILL END NEXT YEAR!!" is? That person will be right at least once, eventually!

    ZanonZanonMånad sedan
  • I think you can avoid computer viruses if you stay home, wash your hands and wear a mask.

    Champlain Valley Rail SnapshotsChamplain Valley Rail SnapshotsMånad sedan
  • I'm just going to say this which has nothing to do with viruses, why does the squarespace background look like the Ridge Racer V background m

    Marco BastidaMarco BastidaMånad sedan
  • The AOL one was rampant here in Europe too, at least in the Netherlands. and for many many years too. When pointing out to people that we don't have AOL here, and it is just bogus they would usually reply with: "yeah, but it is free!"....I am not amazed 20 years later people still fall for scams now on facebook to 'win' an iPhone or something like that... Speaking of facebook, hoaxes are shared there to this day. We all have 'that one friend' who keeps sharing hoaxes 'just to be safe'. If you don't have 'that one friend' you either have no friends at all, or are probably it ;)

    D3ntNLD3ntNLMånad sedan
  • Did you know if you try and type in your credit or debit card number into SEworld comments it stops you from doing so? Even your name, exp. date and CCV are blurred out! For instance, my Visa debit US Bank card is **** **** **** **** EXP: **/** CCV: *** under the name ***** *. ********. It also does this with your social! ***-**-****. So cool!

    PicklesPicklesMånad sedan
  • The Early Naughtys 00s

    Method AtlasMethod AtlasMånad sedan
  • i love how you call the 2000s the naughties

    Endoteria 1998Endoteria 1998Månad sedan
  • I was sent a few hoaxes like these in the early oughts as a kid, even then I knew better and simply laughed about them. I'm amazed we don't see shit like this more often but my understanding is they have mostly moved more than anything to places like Facebook. Not that I would know considering I don't hardly touch my Facebook any more other than to check market place once in a blue moon to see if I find any good deals or old XP era and before machines.

    justjoeblow420justjoeblow420Månad sedan
  • C'mon I know you want to say seinors are most likely to fall for hoaxes

    Emojis are pure CancerEmojis are pure CancerMånad sedan

    Luka MarinovLuka MarinovMånad sedan
  • I would love to chugga chugga through more viruses

    SkydwellerSkydwellerMånad sedan
  • Good job

    Trav PotsTrav PotsMånad sedan
  • Yes, SASR was a HOAX 2. When you got your 'Stripped to the Bone' WinXP copy from that Russian Kazaa user it did not make you part of a botnet. But seriously, nice video. Also seriously, I don't think what you're advertising will host my site of close-ups of (explitive deleted)'s.

    Pierre Jean F. DupuisPierre Jean F. DupuisMånad sedan
  • The whole, "Your computer is infected if you read the words 'Good Times'" reminds me of the old, "DON'T think of a pink elephant!"

    ShadowPresident 420ShadowPresident 420Månad sedan
  • That warning about the virus spreading in the 1200 baud BBS era sounds legit. That guy, Mr. RoChenle seems to know what he's talking about, when it comes to not just modulation... but also DE-modulation. You could think of these acoustically coupled devices attached to the POTS network as "MoDems", if you'll bear with me as I invent some new terminology.

    ShadowPresident 420ShadowPresident 420Månad sedan
  • You can't even SPELL 'propagation' without PROPA. Look it up.

    ShadowPresident 420ShadowPresident 420Månad sedan
  • Will any of the viruses invest my stock in cash in Euro Disney?

    Hunter TranthamHunter TranthamMånad sedan
  • Today this "forward" thingy is still going on, in those large WhatsApp groups with 100s of boomers!

    The Non SmokerThe Non SmokerMånad sedan
  • If the video is lagging for you try deleting the system32 folder

    KnobiknowsKnobiknowsMånad sedan
  • I Heard From This Guy, Who's Dad Works For Nintendo, and he confirmed the pokegods were once in Pokemon Red&Blue, but were cut. He Still Has Some Alpha & Beta Carts With The Pokegods On Them.

    Seamus QuainSeamus QuainMånad sedan
  • 'Middle-aged people'. Eurrgh, imagine being middle-aged.

    PhineasPhlobPhineasPhlobMånad sedan