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System protects company from virus

PUBLISHED: 22:31 06 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

THE Evening Star has intercepted the nation's latest malicious computer virus via its own protection system.

Firms and homes across Suffolk are still bracing themselves today against the threat of a new fast-moving computer virus but yesterday The Star was successfully able to stop it in its tracks.

THE Evening Star has intercepted the nation's latest malicious computer virus via its own protection system.

Firms and homes across Suffolk are still bracing themselves today against the threat of a new fast-moving computer virus but yesterday The Star was successfully able to stop it in its tracks.

The "goner virus" hit the headlines on Tuesday when businesses were first warned about the malicious capability of this new software infection.

And now, even experts are stunned by the rate at which the "worm" has been able to spread.

Goner supposedly takes hold in systems that use Microsoft's Outlook email programme and manages to wreak havoc by immediately erasing data from a user's hard drive.

It springs into life as soon as an infected attachment is opened and then subsequently emails itself to other addresses in the user's list.

Claydon-based firm, Solutions Warehouse, became used to dealing with virus queries in the light of August's Code Red worm.

Today, they are preparing to advise yet another influx of worried computer users.

"Goner was first detected by Anti Virus companies earlier this week," said Solutions Warehouse's Andy Pope.

"Although the damage caused by this virus is normally reversible it is causing serious problems 'clogging up' the internet and users' PCs.

"Windows' users using Outlook are vulnerable to this threat. If you have the program ICQ installed on your PC the virus will also use this to send itself to your friends."

The virus normally arrives as a pretend new screensaver, with the text: Subject: Hi. Message: How are you? When I saw this screen saver, I immediately thought about you. I am in a harry >, I promise you will love it!.

Mr Pope added: "It is always recommended to keep all Anti Virus software as up-to date as possible."

The Goner worm is most likely to arrive in a message named "gone.scr", with the subject "hi".

So far, it has spread with such a pace that it has been likened to an earlier virus known as "The Lovebug".

And only last week, The Star reported the rapid spread of another email virus, BadTrans.B.

It is suggested that all PC users should use the outbreak of this virus as a warning, and should immediately update their anti-virus system.

Weblink:

www.eicar.org

For information on computer anti-virus research.

www.sophos.com


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