Virus threatens NT file system

A computer virus that uses a new strategy to attack the Windows NT file security system and potentially expose it to intruders recently spread swiftly through a US corporation, which reported it to an antivirus software vendor November 9.

Charles Renert, director of research at the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center said the virus, known as FunLove, originated in Europe. It invaded the unnamed company when a systems administrator opened an infected file.

FunLove replicates on Windows 95 and Windows NT systems and infects applications that have the .exe, .scr or .ocx extension.

Renert said infected users should remove the file fclss.exe from the machine's task manager. He said Symantec has created a tool for performing this procedure that is available at http://www.sarc.com.

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