A couple of days ago, I got a piece of email from my mother. Well, more acurately – from her machine. It seems that she has been infected with the Klez H worm. What’s worse – the infection was successful in completely hosing her antivirus software.
I’ve been over at her house 3 times this week trying to clean this damn virus off her machine. Wednesday night was spent trying to get her antivirus software back up and running. I was partially successful, in that I was able to get it to run jjust long enough to identify the worm before it crapped out again. I had her try to run the McAffee repair tools Thursday night and report back on how it went. No luck. I personally think the McAffee virus software is more hassle than it’s worth. I’ve always had better luck with Norton. So, last night I brought over my Norton CD and booted from it to run another scan. As I suspected, since Klez was written after the Norton 2002 disk was created – it didn’t find anything. but it was worth a try.
I went home and used my machine to make a set of rescue disks which includes the latest virus definitions, (which I really should have done before coming over last night,) and I’m now scanning her machine again. Looks like the scanner found Klez H this time. If the scanner can clean the virus, I also have the FixKlez (and FxBgBear – yo never know) apps from Symantec on another floppy.
I WILL eradicate this damn worm today.
Meanwhile, I’m typing this blog entry on my Stepfather’s Titanium iBook, and fending off the dog, who is bored and wants to wrestle.