How screwed am I? (Conficker)

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
March 2, 2010 at 15:39:02
Specs: Windows 7 64
My girlfriend just plugged a USB stick that she
uses at work (which is virus laden) in my
computer. Microsoft Security Essentials
immediately popped up a warning that
conficker was detected. I told it to remove the
file, which it said it completed. I later ran a
scan on the USB stick itself, which reported
that it still had conficker.

I just installed this copy of Windows 7
yesterday. Given what a nasty worm conficker
is, what chance do I have of completely
removing the infection with antivirus tools? Am
I just plain screwed?

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March 2, 2010 at 15:52:26
Not sure what you mean about USB 2.0, but I have USB 2.0

I'm running a fully updated and patched machine with updated
Security Essentials, but still the virus got far enough for the
warning and removal option to be presented. Was my
machine prevented from getting infected, or was I simply
infected and them promptly disinfected?

Thanks for the rapid response. I'm VERY upset over this, as
you might imagine. Seeing 20 hours of migration work go
down the drain is enough to knock the wind out of anyone's

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March 3, 2010 at 13:33:11
I think a reply got deleted here so a bit confused, but my advice would be to forget the USB stick (don't plug it in again)and do a full scan on your system. Chances are that your AV stopped any infection but doing the scan will confirm that & if the USB stick is still infected then just format it & start afresh.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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