Sophos, Europe's leading developer of corporate anti-virus
solutions, has advised computer users not to panic over the
following significant media attention the virus has received as a
result of another anti-virus vendor's press release.
Sophos points out that, although W95/Smash is programmed to
activate today, the virus does not pose a significant threat.
"The average user is more likely to be abducted by the Martians
from the Smash mashed potato advert than get hit by this virus,"
said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos
Anti-Virus. "Not only does this virus not appear to be spreading in
the wild, but most anti-virus products have been protecting against
it since the beginning of May!"
Sophos has published information about the Smash