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Computer Virus

Computer Virus

Date: Mar 12 2002


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Computer viruses are nasty. They can destroy your files and cause lots of problems. They usually come from email attacments.
Recently some of the computers at Ebaby! got a bad virus. Nedra is in charge of dealing with problems like this. Listen to the conversation between Migs and Nedra about the virus.


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Migs:  So, what’s up with this virus that’s been plaguing our computers the last couple days?

Nedra:  I guess we figured out that if one of them has it and they’re connected to the network, we all could get it.

Migs:  So is it fixed now or is it gonna come back tomorrow or what’s the deal?

Nedra:  I think everyone ran this special tool on their computer to check and see if it’s on there and if it was, it killed it. I think there’s one more computer I’m a little concerned about.

Migs:  How do you think these computers got the virus in the first place?

Nedra:  I have a feeling someone opened their email and didn’t realize that there was a bad attachment to it.

Migs:  So, the virus was sent to somebody by email and then it just spread on it’s own?

Nedra:  That’s usually the case, but it’s really hard to say. I wish I knew the real answer.

Migs:  Well I definitely feel sorry for you guys. I haven’t experienced any problems with my Mac.

Nedra:  Yeah, you’re lucky. Those viruses never hit you guys.

Migs:  I’ll tell you, when everyone starts using an Apple, the world will be a much better place.

Nedra:  You’re probably right.



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Have you ever had a computer virus? I hope not. It’s not a fun thing.
Computer viruses are man-made. The people who make them think it is fun to harm other people’s computers. Sometimes viruses are made to attack big companies.
What kinds of viruses have you had? Do you use a virus scan on your computer? You should! Come tell us your stories about viruses at the Life Goes On message board!
Talk to you soon!
Your American Friend,


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