A computer virus is spreading at the moment, and Messenger is one of the places where it is distributed. Maybe you have heard about it. Here are some tips to avoid getting the virus, and what you can do if you got it already.
How do I know whether I have the virus on my computer?
As soon as you sign in to Windows Live Messenger with the infected computer, the virus starts sending messages to all contacts that are online. It does that to spread itself. The chat window closes automatically after sending the message, so you will only detect it if you watch closely. Afterwards, your account will be set to Away and you cannot send nor receive messages.
How can I know whether my friends have the virus?
Suddenly you will receive a message from a contact that just signed in, looking somewhat like the following image:
When you click that link, you will get the virus on your computer, so DON’T click it!
There are more versions of this link, having Twitter, MySpace or Facebook web addresses in them.
What can I do?
…when I think my computer is infected?
Install an anti-virus program right now. You may want to take a look at the free Microsoft Security Essentials.
…to protect my computer against the virus?
NEVER click all links that you receive, there could ALWAYS be a virus behind them. That may especially be the case when you get the link without a prior conversation.
Always ask the contact: “Did you just send me a link? What is it about?”
Never forget to think and ask before you click a potentially malicious link.