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Special Edition - September 29, 1997
The Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) is committed to providing swift, global response to computer virus threats, proactively researching and developing technologies that eliminate such threats, and educating the public on safe computing practices.
Virus Hoax Alert
The following virus hoax has been found in broad distribution over the past few days. Please read the description carefully and discount any messages received regarding it.
For information on other virus hoaxes, see:
This "virus" does not exist.
"Time Bomb" is not a virus; it is a complete hoax. It is a hoax. The "virus" does not exist. There is currently no virus that has the characteristics ascribed to " Time Bomb." It is a sham, meant only to panic new or inexperienced computer users.
The message includes the following "warning:"
Please ignore any messages regarding this supposed "virus" and do not pass on any messages regarding it. Passing on messages about this hoax serves only to further propagate it.
Norton AntiVirus 4.0 and Live Update Email
This week, the latest versions of our award winning anti-virus products are available on retail shelves. In addition to our new Bloodhound virus detection technology, we have added a feature called Live Update Email. This new feature allows users of Norton AntiVirus version 4.0 for Windows 95 and NT to launch LiveUpdate right from within their email program, and immediately install the latest virus definitions. The new Live Update Email trigger file will become a standard part of future SARC AntiVirus News Updates.
For those customers interested in upgrading to our latest versions and obtaining these awesome new features, you can call Symantec Customer Service at (800) 441-7234 (United States/Canada) or your local Symantec sales office.