Computer Experts Warn Of Virus


Monday, December 27th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


Experts say you need to spend the next few days protecting yourself from year end computer virus. Hackers are sending new ones every day through e-mail and other means to stir up expensive millennial mischief.

The internet helps Carol Ann Sallee prepare for work.

"It's one of the best sites that I use for lesson planning," says Salle.

Lesson plans for the students in her Collinsville kindergarten class. She also receives e-mail from her students but knows not to open E-mail from strangers because they could contain a virus.

"It's simply because I've heard so many scary things," says Sallee.

Rusty McMurray is the owner of Infinete Technology Solutions of Tulsa. The past ten days he's spent most of his time healing his customers computers from time-bombed viruses explode the last two weeks of the year.

"It's just maliciousness. Society has come to a point where if it can be broken, they will try to break it," says McMurray.

Computer experts say the best way to keep these viruses away, is to get insurance. They recommend either downloading or buying virus scan software.

"It allows it to constantly monitor e-mails, download's, internet and system scan," says McMurray.

Now that she knows protection is out their, Sallee says the $40 to $90 she'll spend on anti-virus software is worth it.

"I think it would be much easier than messing with a virus," says Sallee.

She'd rather spend her time teaching her students rather than nursing a sick computer. A virus gets into your computer through e-mail, news groups and when you download items. A time bomb virus could already be in your computer, that's why experts say the software is so important.