External hard drives being sold by discount retailer ALDI have been found to contain computer virus

ALDI external hard drives available for sale as part of its "special
buys'' purchases have been found to contain a computer virus.

The Fission External 4-in-1 hard drive, DVD, USB and card reader
device was withdrawn from sale this morning.

The hard drive is supplied to ALDI by a company called Smart IT
Australia, described on its website as a global company which sells
electronics products to 10 countries.

The company also supplies support for ALDI electronics products
branded under the Tevion label.

ALDI is recommending consumers who have already purchased the hard
drive and connected it to their personal computers to use Kaspersky
anti-virus software or similar to scan computers and USB storage
devices to detect and remove the virus if present.

ALDI has also told customers that free anti virus checkers can be
downloaded at

``A full re-format will remove the virus from the 4-in-1 Hard Drive,''
a statement from ALDI advises.

``Customers who have purchased the product can return it to the store
where they bought it to receive a full refund.''

Consumers can also contact the manufacturer's technical support
hotline on 1300 558 702.