‘Christmas’ virus will present PC destruction

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'Christmas' virus will present PC destruction

A new virus capable of completely disabling a PC by destroying its flash BIOS has been discovered by researchers.

The virus won’t execute until Dec. 25, however it could provide a very unpleasant holiday surprise to PC users without anti-virus programs.

The author of Win32.Kriz, may have an ax to grind against organized religion. Inside the virus is a text string with a poem full of expletives criticizing those who follow conventional religious doctrines.

Victims of the virus – who can be anyone using Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT – may face destruction of their CMOS memory, overwriting of data in all files on all available drives, and then corruption of their flash BIOS.

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