The Canadian department store chain Wal-Mart is using a virus to make its laptops more difficult to install.
The department store says the virus, dubbed VZ, is the result of a security breach and that the company is working to fix the issue.
Affected machines are being offered as a replacement, the company says.
“We have taken a proactive approach and have removed all of our laptop models from our website, which is also known as our website’s website,” a Wal-mart spokesperson told CBC News.
“To ensure that we are offering customers the best possible solution to their computer issues, we are working with the software vendor to update the software and the hardware to prevent further security vulnerabilities from being exploited in the future,” the spokesperson said.
Wal-mart was able to remove the virus from its website following the discovery, but it is not clear how long the fix will take.
The spokesperson said the company has notified affected customers, and it is investigating whether to replace the affected machines.