Virus Hits Client
One of my clients has been hit with the new MSBlaster virus that affects Windows operating systems. From everything I've read, the virus doesn't do any damage to the user's machine. But for some reason I'm unable to launch Visual Basic. And a bunch of other common tasks like copy-and-pasting aren't working. So while there may not be any permanent damage, there certainly is something going on. Fortunately, these problems only exist on the computers managed by my client.
What I can't understand is how these things spread. Is there something tricky about keeping Windows software up to date? A patch has been available since July. Anti-virus software is supposed to update itself so why didn't it? And firewalls are supposed to keep unneeded ports closed. I do all of this on computers and laptops that I own and I've never been infected by a virus.
Can it be that having hundreds or thousands of computers in your care makes such seemingly simple tasks impossible? I'm just glad that this virus wasn't destructive. If it had been, I can only imagine how much data my client would've lost.