IT Services Alert – Update Virus outbreak spreading via USB drives – November 13, 2013 5:30 PM

As mentioned earlier, we are still working to clean up after the new variant of the Houdini virus has been found on multiple computers on campus. The vendor provided a new update that will help block new infections from happening; however, we still need to do some work to completely clean the computers.

Our techs will be cleaning the virus lab/classroom computers in the Granger building tomorrow morning, which is where we found most of the infected computers.

We developed and tested a fix that we can use to try to restore files on USB drives that were affected by the virus. We will have techs available from 3-5 PM on Thursday, Nov 14, and from 10 AM – 12 PM on Friday, November 15, in the second floor of the atrium of Granger to assist students that think their USB drive stopped working due to the virus. After those times, students may bring their flash drives to West Building room 127 (First Level Support of TAC) to have it cleaned between 8 AM and 5 PM Monday-Friday. Employees that feel their computer may be infected can contact the TAC at 231-591-4822 and have a work ticket put in.

As a reminder, the symptoms include all the files on a flash drive disappearing, or that your antivirus program has been giving you messages every couple seconds about “blocked connections.”

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Ferris State Information Technology Services

Granger USB team

Granger USB team

Last updated: 03-04-2014