Let me tell you a little something about this virus!!!!!
Yesterday afternoon I was a relatively attractive 28 year old woman. Tonight, I have gray hair, I drool, I have this strange tic in the side of my face.....lol.
This one is a booger, and I had no help with it when I was trying to get rid of it yesterday evening....apparently my av software (McAfee) could identify it, but when I went to NUMEROUS websites and download MANY different fixes for different strands of this virus....none of them worked!!
I finally gave up, reformatted the hard drive, and reinstalled my OS....I imagine there was probably an easier way....but I DAMN SURE COULDN'T FIND IT!!!!
Please forgive me all of the caps, I am normally a very calm, cool, collected, friendly, happy person. But again....that was yesterday! :D
I won't ever be using McAfee again....
It was the W32/nimda.enc....at least that's what McAfee said it was....but I'm pretty dang sure I downloaded the repair tool for one that said it fixed that....I don't know for certain. BUT I DO KNOW.....used Norton for 3 years, no viruses, no problems. I used McAfee for a week, and boom....there it was. But I am curious....I know absolutely without a doubt I didn't open any email attachments....how the heck did it get there? I am the only user on this computer, and like I said, I didn't open any attachments, so is it possible that I got it just by opening and reading an email? Please forgive the ignorance....I'm not too clear on how all these viruses (or Worms, as McAfee identified it) work. I thought as long as I was running av software and didn't open any attachments, I was okay. I also run a firewall, which if I understand correctly doesn't exactly help with viruses, it just keeps unauthorized people from accessing my computer remotely (I think!).
If you have the time, I'd love a little clearing-up....And just to add to your back of the brain poll...I will faithfully and forever use Norton! :D