Keeping up with the "virus" theme, some boxes of the UK release (and subsequent exports) included a £5 rebate for Finson VDS Pro, a Windows'95 based anti-virus.
The manual and the cd of the game were shipped inside a 'static free' envelope, the kind used to protect audio and video cards for PCs. Of course on the envelope there is written 'do not break seal: virus inside'.
Virus received a 30% rating from PC Gamer magazine (May 1998; reviewed by Michael Wolf).
As a publicity stunt, Telstar Electronic Studios, the UK publishers of Virus: The Game, sent a mock virus email to thousands of PC users across the globe. When the recipient clicked on the attached file, the contents of their hard drive was displayed. The program then appeared to delete all the user's files and the screen went black. After a few seconds the user got the message, 'Thank God this is only a game,' followed by promotional screens for the Virus: The Game.