Are you a fan of the Eee Box? Do you like its slender shape, its delicate colors, its ability to entertain and delight while only daintily sipping from the electrical outlet? Look out, then, because it’s diseased.
It looks like Asus has allowed some units of the Eee Box to be shipped pre-infected with a virus. Symantec currently estimates that the virus is likely to be the W32/Usbalex worm. The worm lies in wait on the D:\ partition; when the drive is accessed, an autorun file activates and attempts to infect the C:\ drive. It looks like the infected units are isolated to shipments sent to Japan, but it’s always wise to be careful; if you’ve gotten a new Eee Box lately, it may be worth your while to investigate the issue more closely. At least Asus is owning up to the matter. All too often, manufacturers try to sweep these things under the rug. Register Hardware is reporting that a review unit arrived pre-infected with a different virus; given the way these units get shipped around, however, that could easily be the result of a careless reviewer somewhere up the chain.