How to Avoid Kama Sutra
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The Kama Sutra worm (which also crawls around under the aliases Nyxem.E, MyWife, and Blackworm) is programmed to start going on a file-deletion rampage tomorrow. Kama Sutra is a mass-mailing worm that also tries to spread itself using remote sharing.
According to F-Secure's Virus Information Page on "Nyxem.E, Kama Sutra's love stun also tries to disable security-related and file sharing software and destroy certain types of files.
Which ones, you might ask? Uh, the ones most of us business-oriented users use day in and day out. You know, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, PDF, etc.
If you haven't updated your antivirus software -- nor used it to scan your computer lately -- sometime today would be a good time, preferably sometime before midnight.
F-Secure's Web site reported that Nyxem.E was at the top of its virus list, with some 300K infections and 21.7 percent of all reported infections. Don't be one of the unlucky ones to catch it next.
How? First, don't open suspicious emails, many of which will likely have references to pornography in the subject line (yes, this includes most spam, which is all the more reason not to be tempted to open those emails).
Second, update your antivirus software and scan, detect, and, if infected, remove the virus
Third, go back to using a typewriter.
Just kidding. FYI, I'm talking my walk and walking my talk as I type, having just downloaded the Symantech LiveUpdate and now running the scan.
Kama Sutra is just the kind of love I don't need right now. I seriously doubt you do, either.