The virus, dubbed Ductivity, infects your computer by disabling all access to your social media accounts including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It also prevents you from being able to access your email and even your webcam.
Oddly enough, programs like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are not infected. Nor are graphical and video editing programs or contact managers.
A bigger, badder virus
This is not the first appearance of the Ductivity virus. A similar virus attacked computers one year ago. But this time the creator of the virus has enhanced it, creating a Pro version, to block newly popular websites like Pinterest.
And Pro Ductivity is wreaking havoc everywhere.
“Most people don’t even know they’re infected,” said Stephen Scofield, head of security at McNorton “The first sign is usually the excessive amount of work they get done in a day.”
One victim reported he wrote the final 12 chapters of his book he had been trying to complete for months. Another reported completing proposals for six of her clients.
To find out if you are infected by the Pro Ductivity virus, check the date of this blog post. If it April 1st, you are probably not affected.