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COMPANY TAKES EMERGENCY MEASURES TO HELP COMPUTER USERS AVOID DESTRUCTIVE MICHELANGELO VIRUS

 COMPANY TAKES EMERGENCY MEASURES TO HELP COMPUTER
 USERS AVOID DESTRUCTIVE MICHELANGELO VIRUS
 BROOMALL, Pa., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Computer Market Place, manufacturer of personal computer hardware systems, announced today it is taking emergency measures to help computer users across the country avoid the damage expected from Michelangelo, the computer virus scheduled to strike and destroy the data on personal computers worldwide on March 6, 1992.
 First, the Broomall-based company is offering two virus testing and elimination programs produced by McAfee Associates, SCAN and CLEAN-UP, to all interested computer users, including non-customers, at no charge (except $6 shipping and handling). Second, a phone support service has been created to answer all questions regarding the Michelangelo virus.
 McAfee Associates, a California-based software producer, has given Computer Market Place permission to supply both SCAN and CLEAN-UP to the public for a five-day period. After five days, those wishing to keep the programs for future use must obtain a license from McAfee Associates.
 SCAN, the first of the two programs, is a system scanner which checks drives for known and unknown viruses. CLEAN-UP, the virus removal program , disinfects common viruses by removing the viral code from the infected program and rewriting the clean program.
 Michelangelo has already infected 500,000 computers in the United States and an estimated 5 million worldwide. First detected in Sweden last April, the virus lies dormant until March 6, the Italian artist's birthday, when it erases data on the hard drives of infected computers. Michelangelo effects those personal computers relying on DOS, the computer operating system.
 Because the virus is spread through the use of contaminated discs and through the transmission of data via modem, Bryn Kaufman, president of Computer Market Place, suggests that computer users avoid "risky behavior" such as disc swapping and downloading data from lesser known bulletin boards that may not be scanned for viruses. He stressed, "Computers may show no signs of having Michelangelo until it's too late. It is critical that users test their computers with anti-virus software." Kaufman added, "Making back-up copies of your data is extremely important. Back-up daily. This way, if a virus does strike, the sole copy of your work is not destroyed."
 Those interested in obtaining copies of SCAN and CLEAN-UP, or in learning more about the Michelangelo computer virus should call Computer Market Place at 215-690-6900.
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