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COMMAND WARNS PUBLIC TO GUARD AGAINST W95/MTX VIRUS.

Command Software Systems Inc., Jupiter, Fla., has warned that the software virus known as W95/MTX is spreading more quickly and has the capacity to block users from going to certain anti-virus software vendor Web sites thus preventing access to updates. As a result, users are not able to access the solutions to protect themselves from this and future virus threats.

W95/MTX is a virus, worm, backdoor access Trojan that arrives through e-mail as an attachment, and has a variety of decoy file names. Once launched, it can wipe out files and be difficult to remove. A list of known file names is available by visiting http://www.commandcom.com.

Some of the file names being reported to entice the user to open the virus program include README.TXT.pif, I_wanna_see_YOU.TXT.pif, MATRiX_Screen_Saver.SCR, LOVE_LETTER_FOR_YOU.TXT.pif, NEW_playboy_Screen_saver.SCR, BILL_GATES_PIECE.JPG.pif, NEW_NAPSTER_site.TXT.pif., and I_am_sorry.DOC.pif.

To help stop the spread of the W95/MTX virus, Command Software Systems is offering ISPs, ASPs and Web portals, free hosting and deployment of its "Command-On-Demand" service for 30 days. This is a fully portable, online, instant scanning and disinfection service that will allow users to come to their sites for a quick scan. For details, call 800/423-9147, ext. 4195.

"We urge the public to be very careful during the holiday about opening files sent via e-mail, and not to open any file that the user is not expecting," said Mark Segedi, director of marketing for Command Software Systems. "We also urge users to make sure the anti-virus software program they are using is up to date."

About Command Software Systems Inc.

Based in Jupiter, Fla., Command Software Systems Inc. (www.commandcom.com) is a leading provider of anti-virus technology and is the undisputed leader in behavior blocking. Command has been protecting the academic community, government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations since 1984.

For more information, call 800/423-9147, ext. 4127.
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