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Monday with the Editor: New Virus Invades Computers Worldwide
week, a new virus invaded computers in Asia and around the
world. This virus, named worm_badtrans.B, is actually
a variation of the one which attacked computers months ago.
According to Trend Micro's World Virus Tracking Center, this
new virus has completed more than 20,000 infections since it
was born on 25 Nov 2001.
virus hammered my e-mail program, resulting in many e-mails
being sent to people who have written to me in the past,
thereby spreading itself to them.
know my e-mail program was hit by the virus, till an
acquaintance on the Internet e-mailed me saying she had
opened an e-mail I sent here and couldn't make sense out of
the attachment I had sent her.
she opened the e-mail because it carried the email@example.com
address - and she trusted my e-mail address.
how these viruses do their damage. They invade the computers
of individuals without their knowledge or permission and
using the address list stored in these computers, send
e-mails, containing viruses to these addresses, knowing
pretty well that the receivers of such e-mails would open
the e-mails without a moment's hesitation.
chaps who design the virus programs sure know how to take
advantage of the frailty of human inter-relationships to do
I got rid
of this virus within a day. It's been a week since this new
worm started doing damage to e-mail programs around the
world, and going by the inordinately high number of suspect
virus e-mails which I receive on this portal, I guess, the
virus is still doing its work.
week, I have since learnt to avoid opening e-mails which
have in their subject heading: RE: and having a fixed
length, i.e. 41 Kbytes). That's the modus operandi of
this worm - worm_badtrans.B. If you should receive
e-mails with similar "symptoms" - please delete
the e-mail immediately. Remember - this worm (type of virus)
doesn't even need you to open its attachment in order to
infect your computer. It just needs you to open the e-mail
your computer is infected by this new worm, you can get free
scanning and killing of the virus ONLINE by visiting: housecall.antivirus.com.
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