Stories by Jack McCarthy and Rebecca Munro

  • New e-mail virus set to trigger on Xmas day

    A gremlin trying to spoil Christmas has released a Melissa-like virus capable of reformatting the hard drive of a computer. The W97M.Prilissa.A. virus uses Microsoft's Outlook to send infected documents via e-mail, much like the well-known Melissa virus, and in addition uses the system date to reformat users' C drives on December 25, according to antivirus software experts. The virus has the potential to wipe out everything on a computer's hard disk drive, but most antivirus technology can detect and clean up the virus, Susan Orbuch, a spokeswoman for antivirus software vendor Trend Micro said.