Many, if not most, virus warnings circulating around the Internet are false or misleading. Apparently this one is not. As if on que my AV program is downloading over 8 mb of artillery to fight off this bugger.
Here's the dope:
There's a virus out there that will rear its ugly head on Friday. It's known by various names including 'Nyxem' and 'Blackmal' and could delete Office and Acrobat documents from your computer. On the third of each month, starting this Friday it will destroy Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Acrobat files plus Access databases among others.
If you have anti-virus software (and if you don't, why not?) then make sure it is up to date then run a full scan over your computers.
Your AV software should have detected any nasties when they first arrived, but some can slip through so regular full scans are a wise move. For the same reason, you might want to do a backup of your documents.
The original virus might have arrived as an email message with one of the following subject lines:
Crazy illegal sex (ed note: does your wife know you opened this?)
Miss Lebanon 2006
Give me a kiss
School girl fantasies gone bad (ed note: tell me you didn't open this)
Once running on a computer it can infect other computers on the network so even computers that don't have normal email access could be infected.
Symantec has details here as well as a fix if you've already been infected.
tip of the glass to Office Watch
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