Michelangelo works in such a way as it makes itself apparent on March 6 to coincide with the great Renaissance artist's birth date. Solomon's says that usually leads to a panic among users but claims that Micelangelo is substantially less of a danger than most macro viruses.
"Michelangelo-mania all started in 1992," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Dr Solomon's. "An American anti-virus vendor went on CNN and told the world that five million PCs would be struck down on March 6. It was preposterous. We heard of less than half a dozen customers who were hit. Other anti-virus companies have tried to scare their customers in the years since with the same tired story. Michelangelo was never a big deal and won't be in the future either. What we're trying to do this year is warn people not to believe the hype