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|Ah, the lovely kakworm virus. I'm pretty sure this must be the most widespread virus in the UK, infecting offices and universities across the land.
Why? Because it only strikes if you reboot after 5PM, and even then only on the first day of the month. Take your average small business; virus scanner with dat files last updated in '96, Outlook Express on every machine, and working days which end at 5PM. The virus is never noticed, and as it automatically attatches itself to e-mails, spreads across the small business community like a rash. I must have cleared it out a million times when doing odd jobs (including once for my CompSci supervisor, who subsequently granted me a course transfer I almost certainly didn't deserve).
How to detect & clear Kakworm
First: do you have Kakworm? This is quite easy to tell. When booting your PC, you may have a window pop up at the end of boot saying "driver memory error" containing a bunch of gibberish characters. You've got kak. Other simple checks are to run a virus scanner, or in some cases simply look in the startup folder on the start menu (note: this latter method is not guaranteed).
Next: short, controlled bursts. Kakworm is easy to clear, but has to be cleared from quite a few places.:
Try viewing the source of any HTML e-mails you've received, and look for the lines "driver memory error" and "not today! Kagou Anti-Microsoft" (or somesuch) hidden in the mishmash of HTML. Then either mail the person to apologise for sending them the virus, or telling them to burn in hell for sending it to you <g>.