Warner Bros has recalled all copies of an animation DVD as three computer programs on the disc have been infected by the FunLove virus, according to US reports.
Several customers who purchased the disc reported the problem when they became aware that their antivirus software identified the virus as FunLove. According to a spokesperson at Warner Bros all copies of the Powerpuff Girls: Meet the Beat Alls DVD have been destroyed.
The disc includes several games, an exclusive cartoon and various links that can all be used if the DVD is played on a PC.
Discovered in November 1999, FunLove infects files with .exe, .scr and .ocx extensions. Once a network becomes infected it is very difficult to completely remove the virus, said Steven Sundermeier of antivirus specialist Central Command.
The company's virus tracking release has FunLove ranked number six for the month of October 2001.
"Protective measures should have been in place to prevent such an occurrence from happening," maintained Sundermeier, adding that having strict virus scanning procedures in place at the DVD/CD release labs is crucial for any company.
"Master discs should be scanned against several updated antivirus solutions and should include complete reporting and error checking," he said.
FunLove is known for its ability to infect Windows NT servers by posing as a system program. Microsoft confirmed in April that a company server had been carrying the virus and had infected downloaded files for almost a day until the software giant located the infection and shut down the server.
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