The widely known "Klez" virus has struck the Calhoun County school system causing serious problems, according to Computer Technician Chad Bartlett.

Bartlett worked through Monday attempting to correct problems. He said the virus causes programs to close, affects the function of icons and "Who knows what else." He could not explain how the virus got in the system since it has Norton Anti-Virus Protection.

The virus is being spread from the schools computers and server, attaching to the address book and sending e-mails to hundreds of other computers. Bartlett said he closed down the entire system yesterday.

Dozens of area residents reported receiving infected e-mails during the past few days, but the number of e-mails increased by Monday morning. The Hur Herald received six before 10 a.m., but were caught by Norton Anti-Virus.

Bartlett said he feels the problem can be purged from the system, but it will take time. He said it was unlikely the hard-drives would have to be replaced.

The virus had nothing to do with The Hur Herald being banned by the State Department of Education, being declared a pornographic site by a filter program.

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