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Klez virus back on a new mission to infect us all

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The Klez virus e-mails are back.And the paranoia.But, apparently, it's happening all over, says Wired News at www. wired. com/news/technology.The Klez e-mail 'typically appears to have been sent by someone the recipient knows.Receiving an e-mail containing the Klez virus from someone does not indicate that their computer is infected or that they sent the virus, antiviral experts said.'

Wired is clearly not all that sure that people get virus e-mails entirely randomly - recently some US antiviral firm employees appear to have received abusive personal Klez e-mails from rival firms. Who knows? Right now the suspicion is that they were hand-sent to raise personal hackles. But these are special cases.The rest seem to be sent according to the virus's rules of operation.

What Klez does, once it gains access to your computer and disables any antiviral software, is to search 'for files containing e-mail addresses. It randomly selects one as the sender and then transmits e-mails with attachments containing the virus to the rest of the addresses, ' reports Wired News.

Klez sometimes appears as a pretend antidote for itself, and as bogus returned or undeliverable e-mails. I've had them all. And a number of people and organisations I know of have been infected. I've searched, but there seems to be no solution apart from changing your address. Trouble is that one of your mates might be the unaware source of the messages and when you tell them of the change of address, they add it to their address list and off it starts again.

I've said this before but you not only need antiviral software but you need to keep it up to date: it's only as good as its boffins'ability to discover new viruses and work out how to detect them.

Quite a lot of you have joined up with a BT broadband connection, some blissfully, some not. Whatever, here is the site to get the best information on ADSL: http: //www. adslguide. org. uk/

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