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DA VINCI DISCOVERS MICHELANGELO VIRUS WARNS USERS OF POSSIBLE VIRUS INFECTION

 DA VINCI DISCOVERS MICHELANGELO VIRUS
 WARNS USERS OF POSSIBLE VIRUS INFECTION
 RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Da Vinci Systems announced today that a recent shipment of eMAIL 2.0 demonstration disks and 30- day kits may be infected with a computer virus known as Michelangelo. Approximately 900 customers and potential customers were sent the infected disks. Of these, over 600 were Da Vinci resellers.
 Da Vinci Systems immediately notified its resellers of the problem via electronic mail and will mail a new set of disks to all recipients of the infected disks by Feb. 6. Da Vinci Systems also advises anyone who had received a Da Vinci eMAIL 2.0 demo disk or 30-day kit between Jan. 20, 1992,and Jan. 31, 1992, not to use disks they received.
 According to Bill Nussey, president of Da Vinci Systems, "While there is only a slim chance of one of our customers contracting the Michelangelo virus from these disks, we wanted to take every possible precaution."
 The Michelangelo virus sits passively on infected machines until March 5 (Michelangelo's Birthday) when it corrupts data on a user's hard disk. FORTUNATELY, THE VIRUS CAN ONLY BE CONTRACTED BY BOOTING UP AN INFECTED FLOPPY. Because the infected disks are not bootable, most users who have received these diskettes will not contract the virus on their machine even if they run the demo or install the software on their hard disks. The only way users could catch the virus from an infected disk is if they inadvertently boot up their computers with the infected floppy in drive A and the drive door closed.
 Da Vinci officials are still investigating the source of the virus. Although Da Vinci's master disks are routinely checked for viruses, the virus software used apparently did not detect Michelangelo. "We are now using multiple virus-detection products and insisting that our disk duplicating contractors also check for viruses," said Nussey.
 The Michelangelo virus can be detected by Microcom's Virex version 2.1 or later or by Mcafee Associate's shareware program VIRUSCAN version 7.9V84 or later. Da Vinci users and resellers can download VIRUSCAN from Da Vinci's BBS at 919-881-4342.
 Based in Raleigh, Da Vinci Systems Corp. is the leading independent supplier of LAN-based electronic mail applications. The company's products run under acknowledged personal computer, network and operating system standards such as MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, and Novell Netware. Da Vinci Systems is at P.O. Box 17449, Raleigh, N.C. 27619. Telephone 919-861-4320, 800-DAVINCI, FAX: 919-787-3550.
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 /CONTACT: Chris Evans of Da Vinci Systems Corp., 919-881-4320/ CO: Da Vinci Systems Corp. ST: North Carolina IN: CPR SU:


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