Will February 3rd Rock Your Computer World?
Why February 3rd? Well, that is the day the Nyxem virus is supposed to “go off.”
“On that date the Nyxem virus is set to delete Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Acrobat files on infected machines.
Nyxem is thought to have caught out many people by promising porn to those who open the attachments on e-mail messages carrying the virus.
Anti-virus companies have stopped lots of copies, suggesting it had infected a large number of computers.”
Files that will be deleted on infected systems are:
DMP – Oracle files
DOC – Word document
MDB – Microsoft Access
MDE – Microsoft Access/Office
PDF – Adobe Acrobat
PPS – PowerPoint slideshow
PPT – PowerPoint
PSD – Photoshop
RAR – Compressed archive
XLS – Excel spreadsheet
ZIP – Compressed file
So, be sure your virus signatures are up to date and hold on tight!