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07 Jan 2000

Virus found on magazine CD ROM

CDThe WM97/Ethan virus was accidentally distributed on the December 1999 cover CD ROM of Developers Review magazine.

The CD ROM, entitled "Bonus CD - Issue 13 - December 1999", contains one file infected by the WM97/Ethan virus:


The WM97/Ethan virus is over a year old, and any up-to-date antivirus software should have no problem detecting and disinfecting an infection. Statistics produced by Sophos's technical support department show it to be one of the most commonly encountered computer viruses.

Sophos recommends users exercise caution when using the cover disks and CD ROMs from magazines, and scan them thoroughly for viruses with an up-to-date version of Sophos Anti-Virus.

The publishers of Developers Review, iTec, are aware of the infection.

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