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Rookie Realtor under attack

Computer virus eats list of 1,000-plus consumer contacts

I've got a virus. No, not that kind of virus that sends you to a doctor, but rather a high-tech virus that has infected my computer. The 1,000-plus "contact list" of potential clients that I've worked so hard to create in my first year in the real estate sales business has been destroyed by a high-tech hacker. Ditto for most of the marketing materials that I've put together The first inkling of my tech trouble occurred last week, when I tried to open an attachment to an e-mail that was sent by our local school's PTA. The anti-virus program that's installed on my computer warned that the attachment was infected but could not be repaired, so I put it in the quarantine file and kept plowing through my messages. The next day, I couldn't even sign on to the Internet. I won't disclose which company I use, but suffice it to say that this American was unable to get On Line. I called the customer-service desk. After several minutes of pressing buttons on my telephone to hear useless pre-...

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