What are "ghost viruses," and why doesn't normal antivirus software identify them for elimination (extraction)? I have three and cannot get rid of them. In addition, I have been using Norton for three years and thought it was doing it's job. Now I wonder?

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Ghost is not a virus. It is a hoax. The virus does not exist. The Ghost screen saver program was originally distributed as a freeware product.

It is not a virus, worm or Trojan, and it is not detected as such. Such programs are not malicious, and detecting them only leads to unnecessary virus alerts that could cause you to believe that you have run or received a dangerous program when you have not.

Ghost.792 or Ghost.5000(a)(b) and others infect *.EXE or *.COM files. This is a memory-resident virus. This virus infects EXE files. The virus is 792 bytes long and appends to files.

Depending on your exact virus, joke or Trojan, check either the www.symantec.com or www.mcafee.com sites for resolution.

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This was first published in April 2002

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