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I Love You: Profile Of A Killer Virus

The feeling definitely wasn’t mutual for corporate users on the receiving end of last week’s “ILoveYou” e-mail virus. IT managers at scores of companies spent the end of last week trying to repair the damage, while employees had to bide their time until their e-mail and other systems were restored after the fast-moving virus hit.

pkvAfter the initial wave, as many as five new strains of the virus began showing up Friday morning, including one labeled “fwd: Joke” and another, more destructive one labeled “Mother’s Day Order Confirmation.”

These, as well as many more versions expected in the coming days, are likely to keep corporations and computer users around the world on high alert for some time.

Choosing Antivirus Programs

cavpWhen choosing an antivirus program, it’s important the program can detect and eliminate all types of viruses, even new ones that have just been created. The protection system must be able to quarantine the virus so it doesn’t spread. Most antivirus software manufacturers request that people send viruses-once quarantined with the antivirus program–to their research center, for purposes of learning more about the virus and recording the virus definition. “When Symantec receives an infected file from someone,” explains Garcia, “we are able to clean the file and return it to the user virus free. We then keep the virus for research purposes.”