Nyxem Virus Time Bomb

A variant of the Nyxem virus has been steadily infecting computers for some time now. Anti-virus vendors say they have prevented or detected many infections in the wild. We can assume, then, that there are quite a few computers on which the infection has gone unnoticed. On February 3rd, Nyxem will deliver its payload to these computers.

The Nyxem virus payload includes deleting any Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents (doc and ppt files), as well as documents created in Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop (pdf and psd files). The virus will also go after various databases, spreadsheets and compressed archives such as zip files.

Now would be a good time to check and make sure your anti-virus definitions are up-to-date. If your anti-virus software has expired and you are no longer receiving updates, you should either renew your subscription or purchase a new product and have it installed and a full system scan run by your local computer shop.


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