thanks for the link it was good reading my comp was infected by this one thanks to the people on here a couple of days ago telling me what my problem was cheers guys keep up the good work to us novices
if there were any computer users who hadn't heard of this worm. Hopefully most people have by now downloaded a fix and applied the Microsoft patch, although early this morning the Microsoft site appeared to be offline - either ads a result of overload, or because of the American power cuts, or a mixture of both.
As for "For once M$ have done something good." There have been warnings about this virus for the past month, and most corporate users had already downloaded and applied the patch. One of the problems with security patches is that home users tend not to download quite so often, and many people ignore security patches altogether - possibly because the downloads can take a while on a 56K connection. That's been a primary reason for the rapid spread of the worm.
It's easy to knock Microsoft, and they do at times seem almost to invite it, but let's remember that it is the people who write and release these worms who are the real culprits. They're the ones who spend weeks looking for tiny loopholes, through which they can feed their malicious code. With modern operating systems containing tens of millions of lines of code it simply is not possible, prior to release, to detect every complex combination of circumstances that would permit malicious code to run. We should be directing our scorn at the virus writers - the scourge of the Internet - not at Microsoft.