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CIH Virus Warning ! - 4/25/2005 8:37:40 AM   
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Computer users have been asked to take necessary measures to avoid possible attacks from the CIH virus, also known as the Chernobyl virus, which routinely activates on its anniversary on April 26.

Users can take necessary precautions by using the latest anti-virus software or by changing the date of their computer's BIOS so that it does not register as April 26, a press release of Bangladesh Computer Council said. BIOS is the part of the operating system that provides the lowest level interface to peripheral devices. The BIOS is stored in the ROM on the computer's motherboard.

CIH can cause irreparable damage to the computer, but only if the users run the Windows 95 or Windows 98 operating systems.


Source : TheDailyStar
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RE: CIH Virus Warning ! - 4/26/2005 5:04:07 PM   
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If you dodge every virus date, you'd be forever tweaking the system date....

Eek! - it's April the 26th - BOOM!

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/cih.html
Good Info, and though it's too late for anyone who encountered the payload today, also a free removal tool.


It's actually refreshing to see a mention of an old-style "file infection" virus, when 99% of current threats are worms, rather than viruses - maybe I'm making the wrong distinction, but if it makes an incursion into one of the vastly excessive number of hiding places in Windows, I thought that made it a worm, not a virus.

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RE: CIH Virus Warning ! - 4/28/2005 10:03:31 AM   
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I am soooooooooooo happy that I upgraded to XP a longggggg time ago...

But I do feel sorry for all Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows Me users out there whose systems might get infected (read : Vanished in wild)

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