Watch out: It's virus season again

Monday, 22 March 2004, 12:49 PM EST

Like it or not, we're hot and heavy into the first active virus season of 2004, one that--if the past is any indication --should last until May, then resume again in early August. Despite the sheer number of medium-threat viruses on the loose this year, however--we've seen about 36 low- to medium-level threats so far since January 18, 2004--virus writers seem to be burning through their bag of new tricks with only limited success.

Indeed, none of the recent crop of Bagle, Netsky, or MyDoom variants has risen above a medium threat level. Still, the season isn't over yet; we may have seen only the beginnings of a bad year. Fortunately, there are ways you and I can defeat these buggers before they attack, but first, let me detail the history of one recent annoyance: Bagle.

By Robert Vamosi at ZDNet.

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