Computer Viruses Target Computers Missing August 2005 Security Patch

Several new virus infections have been released against computers that remain unpatched against the recently announced Windows "Plug and Play" vulnerability. Microsoft released a critical security patch (05-039) for this vulnerability about one week ago.

The related virus infections, refered to as W32.Zotob, could permit an unauthorized party to remotely access and control an unpatched computer. The infection may spread via an infected email attachment or program. Windows users are advised to visit the Windows update Web pages to verify that their computer is updated with all critical security updates. If your computer has compromised, instructions for removing a W32.Zotob virus infection can be found at major anti-virus vendor Web sites.