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Dear colleagues,

If any of you received a Merry Christmas message from me recently, it was
sent by a virus that infected my computer, and the attachment contains a
virus.  I am very sorry for my (inadvertent) role in spreading it to your
computers.  I had tested the offending e-mail attachment with Norton
Antivirus (NAV), but my virus definitions were a week old, and NAV failed
to detect the virus. [Moral: keep your virus definitions up to date.]

The name of the virus is  w32.Erkez.D"at"mm  (where the "at" refers to the
@ sign).  It sends itself out to people in your Address Book.

As far as I know, it doesn't attack Macintoshes.

If your PC computer was infected, it's a royal pain to remove it, because
it puts itself in many places on your disk(s) and in the Windows registry.
Fortunately, Symantec, the seller of Norton Antivirus, has created a
"removal tool" (a program that removes the virus from your system).  It can
be found at the following internet address maintained by Symantec:


Click on "To fix this problem, get the removal tool."  This takes you to a
page that allows you to download the tool and use it.  It is desirable to
click the "print document" icon that is near the top of the page, and print
out the page, because later on you will be advised to disconnect your
internet connection and you will still need the instructions.

Most people can ignore the section "Available command-line switches for
this tool".

Go to where it says: "Download the FxErkez.exe file from:
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/FxErkez.exe "
and then download the program.

Then just follow the instructions.


Albert S. Bregman,
Emeritus Professor
Psychology Dept., McGill University
1205 Docteur Penfield Avenue
Montreal, Quebec
Canada  H3A 1B1

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