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we got that one (blaster, I believe) on a new machine. Get this (not so funny at the time):
That virus, I'd read, supposedly (in addition to shutting the machine down) caused windows update to show 'no updates', so that you couldn't download the WinPatch that plugged the virus 'hole'. So, I plug the computer in and immediately have to disinfect, fine.
Off to windows update and... 'no updates!'. Surely the virus is back, or still there or whatever.
After an hour or two, I realized that the clock on the new computer was showing a date and time so old that it causes windows update to show no updates.
Strange, it's been years since I picked up a virus. Online 24/7, no firewall. some of the other comps on the network occassionally get one. I have a nightly scan that never picks anything up (except my old .zip virus collections).
I don't know, but it seems like setting the scanner and windows up to automatically update at regular intervals does the trick.... and since my scanner picks nothign up, in theory I don't really need it.
So why doesn't everybody set win up to auto update? I mean, nowadays, viruses are simpoly symptoms of windows bugs.