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The CIH Chernobyl virus

About



CIH, also known as "Chernobyl," is one of the more malicious forms of computer virus present today. It has the potential to destroy the data on your hard drive, thus rendering it unreadable, and on many newer computers it can prevent the machine from starting up period.



There are a few different versions of CIH in existence. The older, "vanilla" version triggers itself on the 26th of each month and is not quite as dangerous. The newer version, and the one that has been getting much of the press, only executes once per year on the 26th of April. It is, however, much more dangerous.

Detection and removal



The most recent updates to the more popular anti-virus software packages, such as Norton or McAfee, should be able to detect and remove the CIH virus while it is still in its dormant stage. There is also a free utility available for download that will scan your computer and remove any occurances of the virus it finds.

If it hit you



If your computer was struck by this virus before you were able to remove it there is most likely little you can do besides reformatting the hard disk and resetting the BIOS. Any and all data and programs will be lost. In the event that this happens you should contact your computer manufacturer's support line for further information and instructions.

Resources Available on the Web





For more information on virus updates and anti-virus software, visit our Virus Information section.



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  Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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