Virus infections seem to be like natural disasters. They hit
and make a big splash in the news, and then you never hear anything else about
them. As if after the virus has been released, anti-virus vendors come up with
a fix and you never hear about the virus again. Naturally things like thatnever happen.
This became crystal clear for a company that I do some IT
support for. The company hadnt had me
over for a while and some things need to be done. The office manager had been
having some problems visiting certain Web sites and she hadnt been able toview some images on sites whether she used Firefox or IE.
First thing I did was have her show me. She fires up a
browser and goes to enter the URL for the site in question. While shes typing,I look down to her task bar and notice that her anti-virus isnt running.
You can see where the storys going without me finishing it.
I quickly determined that she was infected with the Bagle-W worm and several
other variations thereof. After a while of trying to eradicate it, I finallyjust wound up reinstalling Windows XP.
Bagle-W is old news. It debuted around mid-2004. When I last
checked her machine in the late fall, it was fine, so that means that somebody
forgot to remind the worm that it wasnt supposed to still be infecting
machines. It just goes to show that you can never feel safe about catching avirus just because you hadnt heard about it for a while.