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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Region 8 computer experts say a circulating virus is causing some headaches

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -- "There's no real aim behind it, other than to get into your computer and cause lots and lots of problems, said Millenium 3's, Chase Gist.

It's a computer virus called Virut, and Chase Gist  says a number of people have been in recently with that very virus on their computer. Gist says computers can be infected with Virut simply by surfing the web.

"Just happened to go to a website that maybe you shouldn't have been going to, or maybe a website got infected and they didn't know about it in time," said Gist.

Gist says Virut is a parasitic and polymorphic virus. He says it will infect files already on your computer. In addition, he says it will replicate itself using different names making it harder to detect and ultimately harder to remove.

"The main thing is that it will eliminate your ability to use programs that you're use to using such as internet explorer or word or any of those things," said Gist.

Gist says with other viruses, you may see more advertisements or pop ups, even a recently slower computer; however, signs of the Virut virus may not be so obvious.

"It will specifically attack executable files on your computer.  You go to double click on a program and rather than it coming up and running as normal, it gives you an error," said Gist. 

Gist says if one computer is infected, it can spread to an entire network.  He says one of the best ways to protect your computer from Virut or any other virus, is having up to date anti-virus software on your computer.

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