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Virus on PB website affects computers


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A virus has attacked the Post Bulletin website and now it's spreading. It's already cost some web users hundreds of dollars to fix.

The Post Bulletin tells us they are aware of the virus. In fact, the newspaper shut down its website as of Wednesday and won't reopen it until the virus has been destroyed.

It was a week ago when people first began noticing their computers had been infected with a bug. Miracle Computers told us a virus attacked the Post Bulletin website through an advertisement posted on their site, and in no way is the PB responsible for the virus. In fact, the ad could have been picked up on thousands of websites including major sites, like Facebook. So how can you make sure you don't fall victim to this annoying bug?

"What we're seeing is that it's a face anti-virus that pops up, it says something about platinum-live or platinum anti-virus," said Byron Watts of Miracle Computers. "All of the warnings and all of the information are fake, the virus itself is bringing up that window. Do not register, do not put in a credit card number, they will steal it."

Miracle Computers said they've seen at least 50 infected computers in the past week. The worst case scenario is you'll have to reinstall your computer's operating system to get rid of the virus. We're told that if you're looking for a quick fix, don't use online cleanup services; they won't work for this specific virus, you need to see a computer technician. Finally, if your computer has been infected by the virus, expect to pay a hefty fee around $100 to have it removed.

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