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Well, I contacted my go-to guy, Jim Gray, owner of Quikonnex, and asked him what his thoughts were. He told me to open ini file, in Notepad, and read it. Sure enough, this file did have an association to another program on my system. It is part of ActivEbook Compiler. It was right there in print, at top of file.
Now had I just freaked out when I found file, and deleted booger, I would've trashed my ebook compiler, making it useless to me. Two points for hacker who started hoax!
Hoaxes are just as dangerous as live viruses, because they inspire you to destroy your own programs. I am sure they are a particular kick for one starting hoax, as they are getting you to do bad things to your own system. Fear is a powerful motivator, and hoaxes, by design, are created to cause panic and fear in less experienced Internet traveler.
So, before going and deleting files from your hard drive, go check them out. Do a search for them and read information you find. Don't just go deleting things without learning about them first, or you just may end up cutting your own throat. And, NEVER forward these types of warning emails to others until you know for a fact that information is correct, or you're likely to have your friends and family after you for misinforming them.
Resources for validating virus/ hoax information:
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