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A red-faced Corel has confirmed that a number of its recently released CorelDRAW 8.0 for Macintosh CD-ROMs also contained a virus. The company has initiated a recall programme to track down copies of the CD which made it out of the channel. Corel claims to have nailed most diseased discs before they reached customers. "We've done everything we could to pull the offending stock off the shelves throughout the channel," Corel's Mac product manager, John Geleynse said. He added the cost to Corel had been significant, but did not reveal the exact amount. The virus is the latest strain of the so-called Autostart Worm. The virus causes system slowdowns and reduced hard disk performance, and marks one of the rare instances of a major viral outbreak in the Mac world, generally held to be one of the few IT sectors were virus are not rampant. ® Click for more stories

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