Kazaa likely causing bugs


April 17, 2003|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On my computer I have Windows 2000 Professional, and both a CD-burner drive and a CD-ROM drive that we once used a lot. Recently, an error has been coming up when I've tried to access either drive. On one of the drives it will say, "The disc is not formatted. Would you like to format it?" If you click "no," nothing will happen; and if you click "yes," it will say the disc can't be formatted.

When you try to open the other drive, the computer says the drive is not accessible and "the network request is not supported." Even on the floppy drive, a "disk is not formatted" error will occur."

I am not able to move files on or off this computer. However, the USB still works. The computer is used often. Kazaa was on it and now Kazaa Lite is on, and we have tried to network it many times. Could my fiddling with the network configurations, or Kazaa, have anything to do with it?

If ever there were somebody who doesn't have the right to preach on the ethics and dangers of Web peer-to-peer file-sharing schemes, it's me. But it looks like you've been stung by a pretty rare blended virus/worm called W32.Elem.Trojan that sleuths at Symantec Corp.'s Norton anti-virus shop have traced to the wildly popular and wildly dangerous Web-based Kazaa file-swapping system.

To remove the virus, you want to go to the Symantec site for instructions (www.symantec.com) and use the virus name as a search term.

James Coates is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached via e-mail at jcoates@tribune.com.

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