Computer virus hits Howick

2010-07-07 00:00

AN unidentified and vicious computer virus has been discovered in KwaZulu-Natal after at least 15 computers were contaminated around Howick since yesterday.

Longonot Computers’ information technology specialist, Rory Gray, confirmed that an unknown and dangerous computer virus has been discovered. He said computer owners around Howick have reported the same problems to his company since yesterday afternoon.

“We haven’t identified the virus by name yet, but I can say it affects Windows system files. We’ve had 15 cases in the Howick area since yesterday; we’ll probably have more cases in the next few days,” Gray told The Witness.

CNM IT Solutions senior technician Errol Waring said that, although he has not heard of the virus yet, there are different viruses that operate in the same way as the one that broke out in Howick. “Some of these viruses are variations of a single kind of virus.”

Waring told The Witness that viruses that tamper with the Windows start-up usually stem from external sources like e-mails.

Upon entering the computer system, the virus installs itself within the Windows system in the same way as new software is installed, he said. It is only when the computer is turned on that the virus attacks the system and prevents a computer from activation.

“Data gets lost as a result.”

Waring said that to prevent such viruses from entering your computer, “don’t open e-mails from people you don’t know and keep your anti-virus software up to date”.

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