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NORTHEAST TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHES HOTLINES TO COMBAT MICHELANGELO COMPUTER VIRUS

         NORTHEAST TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHES HOTLINES
                 TO COMBAT MICHELANGELO COMPUTER VIRUS
    LIVINGSTON, N.J., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Northeast Technical Association (NTA), a nonprofit trade consortium of computer hardware and software vendors, announced today the establishment of two virus hotlines -- in New Jersey, 201-716-9457 and in New York, 914-769-3160. Commenting on the threat of the Michelangelo virus attack on Friday, March 6, NTA President Bruce Freeman said, "We have been inundated with calls regarding the damage and prevention of this computer virus.  We are doing everything we possibly can to prevent serious problems."
    Bill Basso, vice president of The Small Computer Company (makers of filePro relational database manager) in Hawthorne, N.Y., has recommended several preventative measures.  "Back up all your program files and data on new disks.  Buy only from reputable hardware and software dealers, purchase a good anti-virus program and don't download any programs off on-line services for the rest of this week."
    Adding to the list of preventative measures, Greg Buchel, vice president of Failsafe Media (Wheeling, Ill.) said, "Be very careful about the disks you are using.  Make sure that you get them new from a reputable disk manufacturer.  Check to see that the schrink-wrap on all software is intact."
    According to computer security expert Dan Sejzer, president of Villa Crespo Software (Highland Park, Ill.), "The Michelangelo virus is a powerful and destructive mechanism used to destroy computer data, rendering your hard disk unusable and potentially leaving the user with no other recourse than to buy a replacement hard-disk."
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    /CONTACT:  Bruce Freeman of Northeast Technical Association, 201-716-9457/ CO:  Northeast Technical Association ST: IN:  CPR SU: SM-SH -- NY006 -- 4850 03/04/92 10:00 EST
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