My networked work PC was infected with what appears to be XP Shield. Questions about this specific piece of malware...
I work in a small office which doesn't have an in-house IT staff. My PC was infected two days ago, Judging from the pop up window and the icon, it looked like XPShield. Afterwards, another coworker, whose computer had been out two separate times last month for what I was told was a virus infection, told me that her "virus" matched the description of my malware. I had assumed the antivirus software (was Trend Micro - but apparently not updated for malware protection) I was running on my computer would protect me.
Since I was occupied by pending project deadlines, plus fact that I was pissed that nobody took preventative measures to protect the other computers in the office in the wake of a previous infection, I just had my office manager ship it off to local computer shop instead of trying to remove it myself. Two days later, computer guy hasn't gotten around to looking at it yet, and am contemplating just going to pick it up and removing it myself. I am aware of deezil's profile
and was planning on using those instructions. Since neither office manager nor computer guy seems to be stepping up to the plate to take proactive measures to protect other office computers, I feel like I need to recommend some preventative measures for other machines in the office. Two questions about this particular piece of malware:
1. Is this the type of malware that will try to replicate itself across other PCs on the network? I've I have everyone else on the network install and run Malwarebytes, will that be sufficient to protect them?
2. I'm willing to just wipe the drive and reinstall, but don't want to overract if this particular piece of malware can be removed with some certainty. On the scale of malware risks, how bad is this one?
3. Deezil's profile instructions mention a concern about infecting flash drives. I did have two USB drives connected when I discovered the infection. Do I need to worry about infection of those as well?