Inside Iowa State
September 25, 1998
Virus-clearing disk is in the mail
A data-destroying computer virus has prompted Computation Center officials to mail a copy of the "Magic Bullet" computer cleaning diskette to all departments on campus. Use of the diskette is the first step in combating the "Win32/CIH" virus, which may destroy the contents of computer hard drives and require the replacement of the BIOS (ROM) chip.
To protect your computer from the virus, follow these steps.
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- Clean the computer with Dr. Solomon's "Magic Bullet" disk. Your department head should have received the disk via campus mail earlier this week. The disk also is available in the Solution Center (195 Durham) for $1.
- Run ISU's Scout software distribution tool to install the latest virus-protection software (Dr. Solomon 7.86) on your computer. Scout is on the "Solutions CD," available for $4 from the Solution Center or free through MicroNet Scout (www.cc.iastate.edu/micronet/scout.html). Scout is handy because it can automatically check and update your computer virus-protection software.
- Run Dr. Solomon to detect and kill viruses on your computer.
- Follow the same steps above for any home computers.
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