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    Worst virus in years infecting millions of computers

    Was reading the paper this morning and came across this. Anyone heard or been effected by it?

    A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack. The world's leading computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection, or what the next stage will be.

    In recent weeks a worm, a malicious software program, has swept through corporate, educational and public computer networks around the world. Known as Conficker or Downadup, it is spread by a recently discovered Microsoft Windows vulnerability, by guessing network passwords and by hand-carried consumer gadgets like USB keys.

    Experts say it is the worst infection since the Slammer worm exploded through the Internet in January of 2003, and it may have infected as many as 9 million personal computers around the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bill View Post
    Was reading the paper this morning and came across this. Anyone heard or been effected by it?

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    Heard of it, but so far not affected by it. I feel for anyone is will be affected though, this could cause a lot of very nervous people given how it is infecting USB memory sticks as well

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    In recent weeks a worm, a malicious software program, has swept through corporate, educational and public computer networks around the world.
    What kind of Network Manager allows a virus onto their networks? I work as a computer technician in a local school and the network manager is running a virus scan on the server 24/7, as soon as it finishes -- it starts again. Every computer in the building (Around 350) has virus protection installed, along with spyware etc.

    I've never seen a virus on that network, at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elbandelero View Post
    Heard of it, but so far not affected by it. I feel for anyone is will be affected though, this could cause a lot of very nervous people given how it is infecting USB memory sticks as well
    Hell yeah.. I was typing the same.. as I'm in the same position like you are and I have the same idea about it...

    So yeah, I have to follow with elbandelero

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarezz View Post
    Hell yeah.. I was typing the same.. as I'm in the same position like you are and I have the same idea about it...

    So yeah, I have to follow with elbandelero

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    I have Mac, but I also installed PCTools iantivirus, which I'm quite happy with so far.

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    Actually, that sounds like a likely possiblilty... I was already experiencing problems with this laptop (BSoD's, internal hard disk not found messages and it cannot shut down or restart) and recently got soo fed up with it (after having lost 3 hours work, and spent an hour simply trying to get it to boot...) and decided to do something. Last night was the night.

    First I removed each and every bit of hardware from the computer, blew the dust away and repositioned it. The RAM was completely out of place (and funnily enough, upon boot the PF pattern changed). Next, I ran a disk defragment (seriously, not happy that I had to do one...). Then, I ran a disk cleanup. Finally, I installed the 37 Windows updates that had accumulated (okay, I don't like restarting my computer...) and upgraded to Windows XP Service Pack 3. Dad gave me a licensed copy of Adobe Design Premium CS3, so as a test, I installed that to see if any errors were thrown up. So far, I'm looking pretty clear.

    The one thing that I am still incapable of doing... is restarting and shutting down. It looks like I got rid of the BSoD's and internal hard disk not found messages -- hopefully!

    Edit: My computer is going faster now... But it's still 300% stuffed. I just spent 3 and a 1/2 hours attempting to boot up.
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    This is scary i have windows 7 installed and i had mcaffe when i was on vista that was amazing but its not compatable with windows 7 so i need a anti virus any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharky Hosting View Post
    ... I need an anti virus any ideas?
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    Me too. This system is running Ubuntu.

    But, I still have Windows XP running in a VMWare shell.
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