Thursday, January 08, 2004

It's a Jungle Out There

I've been helping Mum and Ickle Sis with thier broadband setup. It did mean that an upgrade to Windows XP was required. So there it was, a brand new virgin installation, completely unsoiled by hookey programs and dodgy downloads. The first thing I do is set up the shiny new broadband connection. It hooks up a treat and all is going tickety-boo. Then everything's gone pear-shaped. The system is spazzing out before my eyes and error messages and strange requests fly across the screen...

Yep... you guessed it. Within 5 minutes of ADSL use, the infamous Blaster worm had found its way onto the hard-drive! 5 MINUTES! After that, there was the quickest install of a Firewall and AV suite you ever saw!

How we laughed!

(Hint: If you get infected, type "c:\windows\system32\shutdown -a" in the run prompt to stop your system shutting down while you're destroying the worm)

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