Computer Virus Expected to Hit in January

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

December 29, 2005

A computer virus that's been causing problems since the 90's is expected to hit again in just a few days.

It's a virus that's been popping up in many people's email boxes the last few months. So, why the worry now? We'll it may be lying dormant on people's computers and there are threats it could explode Jan. 5, 2005.

The virus has been detected in thousands of machines and is timed to be released on the anniversary of the founding of Germany?s Nazi party. Technology experts say the worm could cripple personal computers and create problems with internet traffic. One of the aims of the worm is to also spread Nazi propaganda. The good news is that you can prevent it from striking your computer.

?[Use anti-virus software like] McAfee from Symantec. Do you basic anti-virus scans like you would normally do but know that something is coming. Do your updates and you should be okay,? said Richard Johnson of Compu-Tune-Up in Charlottesville

What you should look out for is an email claiming to be from the FBI or CIA and as with any email coming from someone you don't know, don't open it; delete it right away.

Something else you may want to be on the look out for, Compu-Tune-Up said they've been getting many calls from people who have accidentally downloaded a new spy ware called 'spy-sheriff' that seems to be causing some problems.

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