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Postby trombonepirate » Tue May 10, 2005 7:01 pm

Hi there folks!
I was cleaning off my hard drive in an effort to get my computer to talk to the internet again and I came across the file setdebug with a teddy bear icon. I googled it and got conflicting reports about whether or not it is a virus. Since my anti-virus is several years out of date that doesn't help me either. Just wondering if any of you guys knew if it was a virus or not.
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Re: setdebug

Postby Trumpetmaster » Wed May 11, 2005 5:11 am

TBP,
Here are 2 descriptions that I think fit what you are looking for. Looks like it is a flag to set debugging on or off.
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XML_Transformer::setDebug
XML_Transformer::setDebug --
Synopsis

void XML_Transformer::setDebug (mixed debug)


Description
Enables or disables debugging to error.log.

The parameter may be either TRUE or FALSE, thus enabling or disabling complete debugging information. May also be an array containing the names of elements to which the generated debugging information shall be limited. The special keywords "&CDATA" and "&RECURSE" may be used to enable debugging information for CDATA and recursion events.
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setdebug
Type: External

Group:system

Syntax
SETDEBUG(value)

Description
Switches debug output on or off

Examples
SETDEBUG(1) turns debug output on SETDEBUG(0) turns debug output off

Source

package MathLib.Functions.System;


import MathLib.Functions.ExternalFunction;

import MathLib.Tokens.*;

import MathLib.Interpreter.Errors;


public class SetDebug extends ExternalFunction

{

/**Sets the debug flag

@param operands[0] = 1, show debug info

public OperandToken evaluate(Token[] operands)

{

checkParameters(operands, 1);


if(operands[0] instanceof NumberToken)

{

int debug = ((NumberToken)operands[0]).getIntValue();


if(debug == 0)

getFlags().setDebug(false);

else

getFlags().setDebug(true);


return new NumberToken(1);

}

else

Errors.throwMathLibException(ERR_INVALID_PARAMETER, new Object[] {"NumberToken", operands[0].getClass().getName()});


return null;

}

}


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Re: setdebug

Postby treebeau » Wed May 11, 2005 8:37 am

A while back, in the office, we received a corporate memo talking about the teddy bear icon virus thingy.

I would update your antivirus and remove it.

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Re: setdebug

Postby GreatCarouser » Wed May 11, 2005 9:12 am

Not this old chestnut again... SETDEBUG.EXE is a valid Windows Java application. Some spyware/malware apps will delete it even though it is harmless and even useful. The following link may help SETDEBUG.EXE
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Re: setdebug

Postby Shapley » Wed May 11, 2005 9:53 am

The Teddy Bear Icon was supposedly some Programmers joke because the file provided some form of security, like a Teddy bear. As GC pointed out, it is a valid file.

There is an e-mail that re-surfaces from time to time urging you to delete it. It's been reported on snopes.com.

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Re: setdebug

Postby OperaTenor » Wed May 11, 2005 10:04 am

Whatever you do, don't touch the teddy bear!!! It will explode on contact, making a mess of your computer monitor in the process.

You really need to be cautious about something that cute......

Just kidding................. :D

Several years ago I fell for the chain e-mail regarding it. I found it extremely frustrating that, after deleting it, the icon would reappear every time I rebooted. The file regenerates, so it doesn;t really matter what you do to it.

And yes, it belongs in Windows.
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Re: setdebug

Postby trombonepirate » Wed May 11, 2005 7:27 pm

Thanks for the info. As I'm sure you can tell, I'm not that computer friendly. :)
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Re: setdebug

Postby OperaTenor » Wed May 11, 2005 7:40 pm

Hi TBP,

That's okay, I find computers to be somewhat unfriendly myself.
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