• United States
by Jeremy Kirk

Damage forecast low for file-trashing virus

Feb 03, 20064 mins

A virus that is scheduled to begin deleting files on Friday from infected Windows computers is unlikely to result in widespread damage, security vendors said, although some businesses reported being affected.

F-Secure has been in contact with one large U.S. company that had “tens of thousands of infected computers,” said Mikko Hyppönen, F-Secure’s chief research officer.

The company, which Hyppönen declined to identify but said was not an F-Secure customer, had been working to cleanse the machines. It may keep its computers switched off Friday as a precaution until it can be sure they are virus-free.