Corporations Dealing With New E-mail Virus
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Windows users take heed: a new and potentially destructive virus is being spread through e-mail systems and has already affected a number of corporations.
The ExploreZip worm is a trojan horse program and will affect computers running Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT. The worm is being spread as an e-mail attachment and has the ability to destroy common files such as word processing documents and spreadsheets. It's being transmitted automatically to names in a victim's address book.
Security firm Network Associates rates ExploreZip's risk level as high, and encourages users to immediately delete any e-mail message that starts "I received your e-mail, and I shall reply ASAP. Till then, take alook at the zipped docs."
While it is considered to be potentially more dangerous than the recent Melissa virus, ExploreZip is technically not a virus but a worm. Viruses can automatically replicate themselves, yet worms can not.
Pam Wickham, a spokeswoman for General Electric, said that the worm entered its computer system Thursday morning and caused disruptions and a partial shut-down within the company. It has since been contained, she said.
"It came and went like a tornado," Wickham said.