It's Going to Be A Long Day (Virus Warning!)
Considering the four client calls I got last night and the three I've gotten this morning I think it's highly possible that every client I have is infected with the sexy new Blaster Worm that's floating around. Before I drag my sorry ass out the door I want to get some info up to possibly save you from the same horrible fate as my luckless herd.
Step 1: Download any and all security patches from Windows Update. Windows XP users can grab the security fix right here as well. The rest of you can read up on the vulnerability at Microsoft's site. Those of you who aren't affected by it yet should be safe with the patch in place.
Step 2: If you think you're infected, Symantec has a removal tool out that should clear you up. You'll still need the above security patch installed too of course, read the instructions on the page carefully.That's about it, you'll know you have the worm for sure if you get an error message with a countdown timer that goes from 60 seconds to zero and then restarts your system. Believe me, it sucks. Good luck!