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Asus today claimed it had "resolved" the unfortunate appearance of a virus on Eee Box mini desktop PCs sold in Japan.

The company said the problem affected punters who bought one of the machines on 2 or 3 October this year, and it asked anyone who bought an Eee Box in Japan on those days to contact it for a replacement machine.

Asus indicated that the problem was of such a short duration because it had acted quickly, dealing with the virus "on the same day that it was discovered".

It didn't address concerns that the problem may be more widespread. Nor did it reveal how the virus had found its way onto affected Eee Box's hard drives.

However, reports coming out of Asia suggest Asus has pointed the finger at a USB drive used for testing systems.

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