Harvey Norman virus scare

Harvey Norman virus scare

Distributing software-stuffed show bags at the Royal Queensland Exhibition calls for strong nerves, as Harvey Norman recently discovered.

Some show-goers who paid $15 for the bags became convinced one of its diskettes held a virus. University arts student Maxine Hughes found she couldn't execute any programs after trying to run a diskette from the show bag on her 486. The diskette, labelled as the ThunderByte anti-virus program, was found to have the Junkie virus on it when she took her machine to her local PC reseller. "I was furious," said Hughes. "I felt sick." I thought: "How dare they?"

Harvey Norman launched an investigation after fielding complaints from show bag recipients, including a computer club. The in-house probe gave the show bag and its contents a clean bill of health, said Blaine Callard, a Brisbane executive with the Harvey Norman computer store which created the show bag promotion.

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