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What will happen tomorrow with your PC?

Date: February 02, 2006

Tomorrow is D-Day for a dangerous computer virus which has spread throughout the world via email and is programmed to destroy PC files on February 3.

Email messages with risque subjects like "give me a kiss" and "school girl fantasies" have helped to spread the virus across about 300,000 computers worldwide according to a taskforce set up to monitor the threat.

The virus is known under several different names including Blackworm, Nyxem, CME-24, Blackmal, Kama Sutra and MyWife.

The Blackworm taskforce, which comprises a large number of security organisations, warns that although those with recently updated anti-virus and anti-spyware should be protected from attacks, the virus was built to disable a number of security packages. This means that those PCs that were already infected before the most recent anti-virus signatures were downloaded could still be vulnerable.

Once a PC is infected, the virus will replicate and send itself to all of the user's email contacts and will then lie dormant until February 3. On this date it will begin destroying a wide range of files including Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Acrobat on infected machines. If it is not removed, it will attack again on the third day of each month going forward.
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