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Asus Confirms Virus in its Eee Boxes Released for Sale

The Japanese unit of Taiwanese computer and parts manufacturer Asus has formally confirmed that some versions of the company's pint-sized Eee Box desktop computers that contained a virus on the second partition of the PC's hard drive have been shipped for sale.

The security specialists said that the Windows XP-based computers had arrived with the W32/Usbalex worm. By loading the computer's D-drive with an autorun.inf file, the worm in the form of a recycled.exe file manages to execute itself when the computer's user double-clicks on My Computer's second partition. Subsequently, when the software is run, the worm tries to copy and paste itself onto the main partition of the system and any detachable drives plugged to the machine.

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