As people returned to work yesterday, the "love
letter" computer virus, which was discovered on May 4 in
Hong Kong, began to disturb people once again.
Because of carelessness or poor information about
the "I love you" computer virus, thousands of people who
hurried to check their e-mails after a long holiday
found that "I love you" files could copy themselves and
destroy computer pictures and video files.
Tian Yakui, a computer anti-virus expert with Beijing Rising,
an anti-virus software manufacturing company, said that
more than 1,000 people had called his company for
"Most of them did not get virus
warnings from the
media," Tian said.
Computer systems around the world were
last Thursday as the computer virus, proclaiming "I LOVE
YOU" in the e-mail subject line, overwhelmed networks
and burrowed into computer hard drives, destroying files
containing valuable photos and videos.
China's media have repeatedly issued alarms about
the virus since it was discovered, warning Internet
surfers not to open the files with "I love you."
most people not at work during the seven-day holiday,
the virus did not spread fast.
"Today is a real busy day. Besides more than
1,000 phone calls for support, some 200 people have come
to our offices asking for help," Tian said.
could only help delete those infected files, but we
could not restore them, since those original files had
been totally covered by computer bugs."