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In the old days, the worst thing the Kama Sutra could give someone was a sexually transmitted disease.

Today, however, the Kama Sutra worm virus could cause you to lose your entire hard drive.

The Blackworm virus, which goes by a number of names including Kama Sutra, Blackmal, Mywife and Tearec, tries to delete a large number of files from many Windows-based computers on the third day of each month.

The virus, however, shouldn’t be a problem for government computers, according to military officials contacted on Thursday, the day before the virus was supposed to hit.

Naval Forces Europe computer specialists are “always doing system checks on systems for … known viruses and worms,” explained Lt. Chris Servello. The specialists are “making sure we’re ready if they come our way.”

U.S. Army Europe officials said they’re aware of the Blackworm virus and also have taken precautions against it.

The Blackworm virus is spread by e-mail with subject lines ranging from “School girl fantasies gone bad,” “Hot Movie,” “Crazy Illegal Sex!” or “Kama Sutra pics.”

The virus requires users to click what they believe are pictures or movies of a sexual nature. Instead of a movie or picture, it’s actually an executable program that changes certain files on users’ computers.

Once installed, the virus overwrites Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel documents, files in the Adobe Acrobat portable document form, and a handful of other types, according to the Symantec Web site, every third day of the month.

Symantec is one of the larger companies that produces anti-virus software.

Home users are also in danger from this virus if they’ve opened the programs in this e-mail. Updated anti-virus software will catch the virus, however.

Keeping safe

The worm is hidden in e-mails that contain attachments purporting to be sexually explicit photos. Don’t open attachments from senders you don’t know.

Scan your computer with up-to-date anti-virus software.

Make sure your firewall software is turned on.

For more information, go to http://safety.live.com.

— The Washington Post

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