Tuesday, January 27, 2004
I think my computer got the Blung today. (For the etymology of "the Blung," you'll have to ask Matthew Greydanus.) Anyway, I received the following email, supposedly from Remy:
The attachment was a text.zip file, which contained a text.scr (screen saver) file. Weird. I got two other emails like this today, but their attachments were doc.zip (with doc.txt inside, the properties of which said it was a shortcut to a MS-DOS program) and document.exe. I may be a sap, but I'm not that big of a sap. I did, however, open Remy's, thinking it not out of the realm of possibility that he would send me a text screen saver (saying something crass or poetic, one or the other).
The message cannot be represented in 7-bit ASCII encoding and has been sent as a binary attachment.
So, my computer has been acting like it has a virus today - programs continually quit responding, such that 2 minute tasks are taking 20 minutes - but McAfee VirusScan Online isn't detecting anything. I've also Googled my heart out, and I think it's one of the SoBig worms, but I haven't found the patch I need. Any suggestions?
Late night update: Thanks to your comments, I found the removal tool I needed.
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