*NEWS*HP’S CEO OF IMAGING HIT BY VIRUS

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*NEWS*HP’S CEO OF IMAGING HIT BY VIRUS

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    Virus Hits Joshi’s Printer Drivers At HP
    New York – Vyomesh “VJ” Joshi, executive vice president of Hewlett-Packard’s lucrative Imaging and Printing Group, is no doubt feeling a twinge of embarrassment.BitDefender, a Romanian antivirus software company, discovered that a printer driver available from HP’s Web site is infected with the very same Funlove virus that had affected a different HP driver five years ago.Funlove was discovered in the Korean version of the Windows 95/98 driver for the discontinued HP Officejet g85 All-in-One printer.The pesky Funlove virus was initially discovered in Japanese HP drivers in December 2000. Victims of Funlove are greeted by a text message reading “Fun Loving Criminal.” Then the virus restarts the computer and tries to change some privacy settings.Since the HP Officejet g85 multi-function printer is no longer on the market and most current virus protection programs are programmed to block Funlove, very few people should be affected.And though the slip-up is discomfiting, Joshi shouldn’t feel awkward for long. HP reported 5% revenue growth in its second quarter earnings report in mid-May that showed how vital Joshi’s printing division is to the company’s well-being. Of HP’s total operating profit of $1.7 billion, the Imaging and Printing Group brought in $1 billion .Nor should devotees of all-in-one printers (which often have copying, scanning and sometimes faxing capabilities) despair. HP has been quite aggressive about its multi-function printer strategy, introducing many new models available in both black-and-white and color .After BitDefender informed HP of the infection, the imaging company removed the driver from its site Thursday.