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SF Mercury/AP: Variant of Love Bug virus spreading

May 19, 2000, 13:04 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Svensson)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"A variant of the ``Love Bug'' computer virus has started spreading, virus experts said Thursday, and while it may not spread as fast as the original, it is much more destructive when it infects a computer."

``Each time the virus spreads, it mutates itself to evade detection,'' Symantec Corp., another anti-virus software maker, said in a statement from its Cupertino offices. ... Clicking on the attachment will activate the virus. Like ``Love Bug,'' it will send itself to everybody in the user's address book. It will then destroy most of the files on the hard drive, rendering the computer useless until the operating system is reinstalled."

"As with the ``Love Bug,'' only recipients running Microsoft's Outlook e-mail program for Windows are vulnerable and there's no danger if the attachment is not opened, virus experts said."

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