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Staples Helps Customers Squash 'The Love Bug'

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2000--

Breaking Up is Hard to Do When Someone Emails ILOVEYOU

Staples Inc. has bolted into action to help its customers combat the ILOVEYOU virus. Victims of this latest e-mail virus can purchase software including McAfee Virus Scan and Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 2000 in its 894 stores across the United States or can download the anti-virus software directly from Staples.com's downloadable software section. Customers can also order the software packages for convenient overnight delivery on www.staples.com or via the Staples Direct catalog. Customers will be able to obtain information on how to update the software for the latest virus.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

--Interviews with store managers on what consumers need to buy to squash the computer virus, plus in-store; footage of software packages and customers shopping in-store.

--Stores in 800+ cities around the U.S.- one near you; and

--Screen shots of Staples.com virus software offerings

    CONTACT: Staples Inc.          Staples.com
             Christina Erridge     Debby Hohler
             508-253-7375          508-253-8509