A deadly new virus under the name of W32/Nyxem-D which spreads via email
attached file is set to strike on the 3rd day of every month half an hour after
the infected computer boots up. The damage caused by this virus could be extensive.
If unsuspecting user opens the infected attached file it gets into the system and
start delivering itself to all the available email addresses residing in the infected computer.
Once activated it overwrites all DOC, XLS, MDB, MDE, PPT, PPS, ZIP, RAR, PDF, PSD and
DMP files by replacing their contents with the data string: DATA Error [47 0F 94 93 F4 K5].
This can create a big mess, as all integrated to the computer drives will suffer.
This means your flash cards, network drives, external drives or any drive which gets
identified by an alphabet.
This virus is also known as “CME-24”, “BlackWorm”, “Mywife.E,” and “Kama Sutra” and
seems even capable of disabling out-of-date antivirus software.
Over 300 thousand computers are believed to be infected by this worm mainly in India,
Peru, Turkey and Italy, where people are less prone to safeguard their computers with
up-to-date antivirus programs.
What should you do to protect your computer from this and other malware?
1. Upgrade your antivirus software. If you don’t have an antivirus software
installed and you don’t feel like buying them. These two are excellent antivirus programs
you can get for free.
AntiVir Personal Edition Classic 6.32
Alwil Software Avast Home Edition 4.6
2. Scan your computer for possible malware regularly. A great free tool
that scans your computer remotely for viruses and eliminates them you can find
3. Get a firewall and install it. A great free firewall that you can download and
install is Zonealarm. You can download it from www.zonelabs.com/store/content/home.jsp
4. Regularly get patches for your version of Windows and update.
5. Use email filters similar to Eprompter. It gives you the ability to delete unwanted
spam or suspicious looking mail, which might contain viruses.
Get it free from www.eprompter.com.
If you take these precautions, your chances of getting infected will be reduced drastically.