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Oops : Asus EEE Mini PC Box Contaminated With Recycled.exe Virus

Big Box manufacturer Asus has acknowledged that its EEE Box Desktop Mini PCs contain a virus called Recycled.exe which is hidden in the box's 80GB hard disk drive.

While Asus says that it only affects computers shipped in Japan, the Register (opens in new tab) understands that EEE Boxes in Europe and elsewhere could also be at risk.

The Windows-only malware is activated once the D: drive is accessed and it will try to infect all fixed and removable drives. What's more, The Register found another password-sniffing Worm loaded on their review EEE PC box - definitely not a good sign.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has not provided more details about how the virus managed to infect the original system disk image - which was then replicated in the thousands - in the first place.

A few weeks ago, Asus shipped (opens in new tab) illegal software cracks on their system recovery CDs.

The EEE PCs is Asus's first complete "desktop" PC for quite some time and is geared towards the home entertainment market.

With its £199 price, Windows XP, Intel Atom Processor, 1GB RAM and 80GB Hard disk space packed in a rather eye-catching chassis, it has been a popular fixture with reviewers as well.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.