The 'I Love You' virus epidemic is surpassing the Melissa virus and may turn out to be the most potent virus in history, crippling thousands of computer systems worldwide. That's the word from the front lines at Symantec, maker of anti-virus software. Indeed, experts say that the virus' impact will be felt for many more days. <P> The Cupertino, Calif.-based ISV has been besieged with requests for virus software updates, says Tom Powledge, Symantec's senior product manager. Over 50 percent of Symantec's corporate clients have been hit by the virus. Where Symantec got several hundred requests for anti-virus updates following Melissa, it has been hit by thousands in the wake of the I Love You virus. <P> "This is a very large virus," says Powledge. "This one has the potential to be the biggest ever." <P> Symantec's online response time has suffered under the barrage. Boulder, Colo.-based Service Metrics clocked a response time increase of over 120 seconds between midnight and noon (MDT) on May 4. Symantec has responded by bringing more servers online. "We have taken steps to increase capacity," says Powledge.
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