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Millions hit by computer virus
by TIM UTTON, Daily Mail


The internet was under attack last night by the fastest-growing computer virus in history.
Worldwide systems were buckling after the 'Sobig.F' spread to 134 countries in just 96 hours, generating tens of millions of e-mails.

Experts fear it could increase the volume of electronic traffic by a staggering 60per cent, slowing the internet to a crawl.

It is believed to have cost British businesses alone hundreds of millions in lost orders and system crashes. The global cost will be immense.
Individual companies have been bombarded with millions of copies of the virus, while home users have seen their machines "jammed" by up to 6,000.

The PC World chain said tens of thousands of customers had brought in computers to be "cleaned" by technicians.

Experts say Sobig appears to have been written by senders of "spam" - unwanted junk e-mail - trying to find ways past internet filters which block their messages.

The new digital onslaught comes hard on the heels of two other major viruses, Blaster and Nachi. "This is the worst barrage of viruses in the history of computing," said Graham Cluley of Sophos Anti-Virus.
"Even companies who are properly protected are feeling a slowdown.
"Sobig. F is the fastest-spreading virus of all time and if it carries on at this pace for a few more days it will become the most prevalent too."


MessageLabs, a British-based Internet security firm, said it had intercepted more than a million copies of Sobig.F in 24 hours, more than for any other virus.

One in 17 of all e-mails sent since Monday was infected. By comparison the 'LoveBug' virus, which hit the headlines three years ago, was found in one in every 28 e-mails at its height.

Sobig.F spreads when unsuspecting users open attachments in e-mails that contain such headings as "Thank you", "Re: Details" or "Re: Wicked Screensaver".

It sends multiple copies of itself to every name in a person's address book - so each infected machine can spawn hundreds of e-mails.

Sobig.F also tries to implant a background program which turns computers into a relay for any messages sent by the virus's creators - greatly increasing their earnings.

Experts advise users to keep anti-virus software up to date, never open an e-mail attachment unless they know what it is and delete uninvited e-mail - particularly from an unknown sender.

Mr Cluley said even e-mails which seem to come from friends or colleagues should be treated with caution.
For anyone whose computer has been infected, the advice is to go to the website of an internet security company like Symantec, FSecure, Sophos, Message Labs or McAfee. Fixing programs are also available from Microsoft.

Anyone whose computer has been slowed too much even to get online can buy anti-virus software from High Street shops or get their machine fixed there.

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Norton AntiVirus losing sales? :rofl:

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The PC World chain said tens of thousands of customers had brought in computers to be "cleaned" by technicians.


Fukkin' 'ell. Talk about making things worse. :rofl:

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I think this is a crock. I've not heard of this thing at all, ever. Looks like some fabricated shite by the Mail. Word gets around (rather like a virus :) ) when a virus hits and nobody has said a thing..........

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phild05 wrote:I think this is a crock. I've not heard of this thing at all, ever. Looks like some fabricated shite by the Mail. Word gets around (rather like a virus :) ) when a virus hits and nobody has said a thing..........

DId that article have "Advertisement" in the footer? :)


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Anyone whose computer has been slowed too much even to get online can buy anti-virus software from High Street shops



Says it all really. :rofl: -And we all know what shite the High St computer shops sell you .... :bugs: :breaking: :breaking: :breaking:

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smeggypants wrote:
The PC World chain said tens of thousands of customers had brought in computers to be "cleaned" by technicians.


Fukkin' 'ell. Talk about making things worse. :rofl:


On the plus side, any kiddy fiddlers daft enough to bring their computers in to be cleaned will get grassed up to the coppers.

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smeggypants wrote:Norton AntiVirus losing sales? :rofl:


That sounds about right Smeggy. Clear the problem with the latest Norton anti virus, folks.

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Norton Anti-Virus might as well be a virus the way it clogs up peoples computers. Hideous piece of software.

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smeggypants wrote:Norton Anti-Virus might as well be a virus the way it clogs up peoples computers. Hideous piece of software.


Tell me about it..I had them last year and I swear never again. F****ng useless.

I'm on Kaspersky now and haven't had a problem. :fingers_crossed:



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I don't use any. I use a firewall. You wouldn't put 20 locks on every door in your house so why do it on our computer?

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A firewall doesn't stop viruses though. It just stops (hopefully) people hacking into your computer.

As for Norton I agree. Total bloatware.



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Resonance wrote:A firewall doesn't stop viruses though. It just stops (hopefully) people hacking into your computer.

As for Norton I agree. Total bloatware.


I've had 2 virus in the last 10 years or so. Both removed by hand without too much trouble in 20 minutes or so. Small price to pay for bloatless computer :)

Virus threat is almost as exaggerated as the 'war on terror' garbage :)

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Well yes, I agree if you're careful you can mostly avoid viruses. I have AVG (the free version) and it doesn't seem to slow things down much (if at all).



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Totally agree about PC World and Norton. Wouldn't touch either with a barge pole.





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