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Old 09-21-01, 09:43 PM   #1
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That computer virus that just went around, what does it do?

It shut down my computers at work for a couple of days while the computer people went to every machine looking for the virus.

I think my home computer may be affected, I see my disk space being eaten up with no reason for it. How can I check to see if my computer is infected, and are there any free downloads to get rid of it if I do have it?
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Old 09-21-01, 09:50 PM   #2
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OK, I now have under 10 mg of free disk space (of course, I normall operate with only 40 or 50 mg of free disk space (older computer)).

Before I get locked up here, where are these files located that are being written to my disk (if it is this new virus), and how do I delete them?

Any free downloads to get rid of it?
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Old 09-21-01, 10:25 PM   #3
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You're going to have to free up some space to install antivirus software. Easiest thing to do about software is go to either or and look for the trial version of their AV software. The Norton AV (by symantec) is about a 27Mb download... I don't know how big McAfee is though. The actual effects depends on exactly which virus you have. Download and run the AV software, then check the virus database of the site you downloaded from to see about anything else you might need to do to clean up from the infestation.

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Old 09-22-01, 10:41 PM   #4
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there's a .com file there that will detect it, I think symantic released it, it's <1meg in size
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Old 09-23-01, 12:24 AM   #5
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I think the microsoft site has patch for it as well. You should install the patch after you clean your system.

More info on the virus can be found here:

Good luck.

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