I picked up a virus while browsing blogs. Since I have several open at once it's hard to be sure which one was hacked. Oddly enough, I was browsing with Firefox but it's broken Internet Explorer.
This one pretends to be antivirus software and won't let you open programs or link to sites other than the adult/viagra ones it sends you to, or to its own 'buy our shit' page.
If you get it, open in safe mode (F8 for XP, press it after the computer signs in and before Windows comes up) then search the registry for AV listings you don't recognise. Delete them. If you mess up and have to reinstall, well there's a good chance I'll still have to do that anyway because I'm not sure I've picked out all the bits of this thing.
My own antivirus is working once more and is now scanning every single file. Fortunately I have a backup so I haven't lost much of anything, even if I have to wipe the disk and start again.
So no babbling from me tonight. I'm far too annoyed for a rant.
If I ever find out who put this computer virus out, I have some real life infections I'd like to introduce them to.
Update - the IE problem is fixed. They'd made it run through their own poxy server.
So the infection lasted less than six hours. Pathetic.
I can do so much better than that, should I ever meet this git.