PC virus makes humans feverish

As if computer viruses don't wreak enough havoc on our data, now we have to worry about them giving us flu-like symptoms.

Leading antivirus firms are putting users on high alert after the first computer virus that passes from PCs to humans was discovered in the wild on Friday morning, according to SC Magazine.

The dreaded Malwarlaria.B virus "seems to arrive packaged in e-mails claiming to provide a quick fix for debt and including a diatribe with the words 'you hate freedom,'" warned Richard John Bingham, a senior technology consultant at antivirus vendor LucaanWare.

Early signs of infection include rising stress, rapidly fading eyesight and the appearance of a blue screen on PC monitors.

The best cure? Get hip to all the floating around the Web.

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