Vanquishing the Latest Virus

New computer viruses pop up all the time, some are just more prolific than others.  Here's a warning about a troublesome new bug out there right now -- what to look for, and how to protect yourself.

It's hard to trace, and nothing but trouble if you get infected.

The latest virus started showing up in late September, and it's gaining strength exponentially infecting computers globally.  It's called the BugBear virus, and like so many others that have come before, it's transmitted by e-mail, and infects Windows Operating System computers.  The first thing it does is tries to disable any anti-virus software you might have installed that's not current.  It then takes up residence in your computer, replicating to other e-mail addresses on your list, and sometimes printing out huge amounts of gibberish on paper. 
The scariest thing about BugBear is that it lets hackers control the computers that are infected.
Here's what might be a clue that you've received the BugBear virus.  Watch for e-mail subject lines that contain the words "bad news", "Membership Confirmation", "Market Update Report", or "Your Gift".
How do you catch this stuff before it gets you?  Update your anti-virus software weekly as a minimum, and even daily if you really want to be vigilant.
Here's another suggestion.  If you're using Windows Outlook or Outlook Express, don't review your recent e-mails in the preview pane.  To some viruses, that's just like opening the mail altogether, and is enough to activate the virus.
Microsoft recently issued a warning about several security flaws in their Windows software that they call critical.  Their suggestion is to download and install the software upgrades as soon as possible.
And shame on you if you don't use anti-virus software whatsoever.  If you're on the internet at all, the chances of you getting hit by a virus are growing by the day.