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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  • put this on 4 video comments within 15 mins,if u do, sum one u love will surprise u sum how!! If u don’t , u will lose ur love.!!

    Swagaito GaiSwagaito Gai2 dagen geleden
  • the real virus was the friends we made along the way

  • Seeing that Budweiser Frogs screensaver again sure was a blast of nostalgia. I remember spending hours downloading stupid screensavers as a kid...

    Cinos RuddertailCinos Ruddertail16 dagen geleden
  • Wanna know another virus that's a hoax? Covid 19. Don't deny it, it's the truth. The government are just trying to scare you into following them and bring in the new world order.

    CoolDudeClemCoolDudeClem17 dagen geleden
  • Oh wow the "this us from a trusted source" bullshit has been around since 1997. I thought it was a more recent fake news thing 😂

    MehhhMehhh18 dagen geleden
  • I genuinely knew people in the 1990's who thought computer viruses floated around in the air like an _actual_ virus...

    Niklas SNiklas S18 dagen geleden
  • omg I had the Budweiser screensaver on our old family room PC lol I was like 11, obviously couldn’t even legally drink, never tasted beer in my life at the time and had no reason to want to....yet I had the screensaver and thought it was the coolest thing ever. I don’t even remember how I downloaded it, but I remember my friend told me about it when we were at school. I had forgotten all about that commercial, and looking back on it now, I don’t know why or how it was so successful.

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  • I miss it.

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  • There is no pandemic. Your fear is the Virus. Soon you will understand when there is gonna be a WWiii In Israel

    GandalfGandalfMaand geleden
  • At least some of these hoaxes were probably created by employees of software companies involved with developing and selling anti-virus software. Fear is the best form of marketing, and not just for antivirus and antimalware software companies, this is a universal rule.

    EyesWideOpenEyesWideOpenMaand geleden
  • Good Times.........Good Times.

    prismstudios001prismstudios001Maand geleden
  • What? The world IS going to end in 2002!

    Hobbesian Troll LinesHobbesian Troll LinesMaand geleden
  • They always blamed the “pop ups” that gave them a virus

    FunluFunlu2 maanden geleden
  • VIRUS ALERT! Delete immediately before someone gets hurt! Forward this message unto everybody now!

    Doc. Tear PopperDoc. Tear Popper2 maanden geleden
  • A virus so bad it’ll leave dirty underpants on your coffee table overnight.

    prismstudios001prismstudios0013 maanden geleden
  • Dead cow apparently has a beef with the world in generaal......Gotcha !

    prismstudios001prismstudios0013 maanden geleden
  • I always use macs so I NEVER get a virus. 🤍 the MacBook

    220 на себя Jay220 на себя Jay3 maanden geleden
  • Was expecting the video to end with COVID ;)

    BB3 maanden geleden
  • The last one could be avoided with simple math $607 + $597 = $1,014 which does not leave $9 or $10 for a stiff drink, but -$14. Surely Bill Gates could solve that or at least use a calculator 🤣

    LilacDoeLilacDoe3 maanden geleden
  • Fun fact: despite us modern tech-savvy folks chuckling at a software virus destroying hardware there _was_ a time it was possible. A virus written to run on systems with early Hercules graphics adapters (back before they had safety measures to prevent unsafe hardware settings from software) was able to burn out the attached monitor by sending signals to the electron beam that would cause it to basically melt itself.

    Christopher FowlerChristopher Fowler3 maanden geleden
  • Geocities was pretty awesome back in the day. I used to have a Dragon Ball Z website when I was a kid and thought I was a total boss!

    SylentEchoSylentEcho3 maanden geleden
  • "We need people who will fall for it" And those people are called "Boomers"

    DaveTheBabyDaveTheBaby3 maanden geleden
  • So glad that in 2020 we've now evolved passed the days of myths and hoaxes on the internet........ :/

    Mad Mental HibbyMad Mental Hibby3 maanden geleden
  • Talk about virus hoaxes .. the greatest of them all ever is going on right now. But do stay inside and wear a mask, even during sex.

    statinskillstatinskill4 maanden geleden
  • 3¼mips...eggnchips®€cu™ zxc

    PC Socket 7 Intel 430vx txPC Socket 7 Intel 430vx tx4 maanden geleden
  • Some of these are still doing the rounds, who remembers the one about a virus that will burn out your hard drive and destroy "zero sector"!? lol it could also blow up your speakers too!

    nzoomednzoomed4 maanden geleden
  • those middle age individuals who dont have a clue on what are they doing are still the major problem with today hoaxes

    Allan NevesAllan Neves4 maanden geleden
  • that leadup to squarespace from geocities made me laugh harder than i should have ^^

    neinnein4 maanden geleden
  • Oh this one brought back so many memories from my time dealing with this as a repair technician! lol

    BlackRatt74BlackRatt744 maanden geleden
  • I bet Mike Rochenel sells 1200 baud modems and was trying to get everyone to upgrade their network cards. I think the whole thing is ridiculous as no one needs a modem that fast. What can you possibly need that would require such a speed on the internet? What's next, upgrading our hard drives to 1Gb?! I have a huge 100Mb hard drive that I will never use. I would sure like to win free AOL until 1998!

    sinn0100sinn01005 maanden geleden
  • Not to hijack your sponsor, but if you liked the idea of Geocities, try Neocities. It is free, static hosting (for people who want to code their own site)

    G TG T5 maanden geleden
  • The mid-video ads are SO ANNOYING. Just put them at the beginning.

    the slunchthe slunch5 maanden geleden
  • Anyone else have a Wierd Al song in their heads now?

    Not Leaving Las Vegas - a Vegas Video ChannelNot Leaving Las Vegas - a Vegas Video Channel5 maanden geleden
  • 2020, if anything, is the best year to start spreading end of times propaganda. Pandemic.

    Jared HoechstJared Hoechst5 maanden geleden
  • Are you asking to be demonitized with this video? 😂

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

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

    CoolAsFreyaCoolAsFreya6 maanden geleden
  • ignorance is a plague all its own.

    NightRogueNightRogue6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Gaonkar6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Doetjes6 maanden geleden
  • hello i'm the sandman

    Bill GatesBill Gates6 maanden geleden
  • virus hoaxes of today: global pandemic, wear a mask, stay home, social distance,

    MarzhMarzh6 maanden geleden
  • 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 NLworld 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 Sowers6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Team6 maanden geleden
  • So, this is where Weird Al got all the ideas for his Virus Alert song! :-D

    NTICompass ComputersNTICompass Computers6 maanden geleden
  • phew. my 24bit sound card is safe.

    Felicity ChevalierFelicity Chevalier6 maanden geleden
  • Weird Al made a great song based on the Badtimes hoax, called "Virus Alert" it's quite good.

    QwerasdQwerasd6 maanden geleden
  • 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.

    TonyBManTonyBMan6 maanden geleden
  • Your channel is the first time I ever heard PKXARC (P.K. ex-ARC) pronounced "Zark"

    John DługoszJohn Długosz6 maanden geleden
  • I tried to download a virus and got error 404 lol

    buck pylesbuck pyles6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Barton6 maanden geleden

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  • 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 Mileur6 maanden geleden
  • 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.

    Max MustermannMax Mustermann6 maanden geleden
  • 13:05 Pokemon gold space world demo ditto evolution

    Small bearSmall bear6 maanden geleden
  • You wouldn't download a car?

    pegcity4evapegcity4eva6 maanden geleden
  • I owe quite a lot to the bud frogs hoax. It's what got me interested in viruses.

    NoxturnalNoxturnal6 maanden geleden
  • 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.

    stupid5pinstupid5pin6 maanden geleden
  • How did "Mike Rochanel" give it away?

    Leading AuctionsLeading Auctions6 maanden geleden
  • look at these boomers actually opening their email

    deathbydevicedeathbydevice6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Drummond6 maanden geleden
  • 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 clown6 maanden geleden
  • 2:34 the only thing I'm fearing is that guy's freakishly long nosferati index finger.

    hang da clownhang da clown6 maanden geleden
  • 3:58 Well, at least he's not an anti-vaxx.

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  • 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 Reed6 maanden geleden
  • 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 noonan6 maanden geleden
  • Viral hoaxes of the Modern Internet: Covid19

    TinfoilTomcatTinfoilTomcat6 maanden geleden
  • 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.

    toasteee252toasteee2526 maanden geleden
  • How to stop people from downloading cracks of your software: Call it a virus.

    WadelDeeWadelDee6 maanden geleden
  • 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?

    WadelDeeWadelDee6 maanden geleden
  • Imagine cracking a game and distributing it over the internet, only for your crack to be hijacked and infected with a virus...

    WadelDeeWadelDee6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Blaze6 maanden geleden
  • >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 Spoon6 maanden geleden
  • 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

    SteelRodentSteelRodent6 maanden geleden
  • Who is hogging the knowledge

    Useless uselessnessUseless uselessness6 maanden geleden
  • the fact that Brits say noughties for the two thousands is amazing

    RannRann6 maanden geleden
  • Beto ORourke, and myself were in cDc. I also contributed on back orifice.

    David MiscaviageDavid Miscaviage6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Costello6 maanden geleden
  • That is a hella strong virus when it eats your anti-virus software

    megamanyoutubermegamanyoutuber6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Faber6 maanden geleden
  • air-oh-knee-us yw

    sean sullivansean sullivan6 maanden geleden
  • 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.

    billyjoejimbob75billyjoejimbob756 maanden geleden
  • My grandpa still sends me crap like this.

    WranderousWranderous6 maanden geleden
  • That very "desirable" screensaver: The Budweiser Frogs

    Gerald ChurchillGerald Churchill6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Bokij6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Parsec6 maanden geleden
  • I don’t like the new LGR. All the baked-in ads and the countless stock footage has killed it for me.

    BenediktBenedikt6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Ramen6 maanden geleden
    • Don't do this it's a joke

      Ramen, Literally RamenRamen, Literally Ramen6 maanden geleden
  • 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.

    paulanderson79paulanderson796 maanden geleden
  • I know of viruses that can brick components or destory the entire PC, they are called: Fallout 3/Fallout New Vegas.

    coal jamescoal james6 maanden geleden
  • weird al's virus alert song

    Douglas WalrathDouglas Walrath6 maanden geleden
  • Watching this while suffering from a virus. Covid ain't no hoax. It sucks.

    Ryan WhitelawRyan Whitelaw6 maanden geleden
    • @paulanderson79 oh fuck off with the exaggerated numbers shite. There is no grand conspiracy.

      Ryan WhitelawRyan Whitelaw6 maanden geleden
    • 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.

      paulanderson79paulanderson796 maanden geleden
  • 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 Crasher6 maanden geleden
  • Virus alert! Delete immediately before someone gets hurt! Forward this message onto everybody.

    Ryu AzukuRyu Azuku6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Clark6 maanden geleden
  • i NEVER got the reason people thought the Budweiser frogs were funny/cool..... . seriously one of the dumbest ads ive ever seen.....

    kain hallkain hall6 maanden geleden
  • So...The early internet was essentially the 90s equivalent of WhatsApp.

    PowerKirbyBomberPowerKirbyBomber6 maanden geleden
  • I'm getting an inexplicable urge to watch the music video for Weird Al's "Virus Alert"...

    Epic PotatoEpic Potato6 maanden geleden
  • ah the classic "you need to delet system32 its a virus"

    JKwakJKwak6 maanden geleden
  • 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 Green6 maanden geleden