According to a report on the BBC, machines infected by a destructive virus known as Nyxem will see Office files such as Word, Powerpoint and Excel plus Acrobat files deleted on February 3rd. The virus will also try to disable anti-virus software to stop it updating and can also disable the mouse and keyboard on infected machines.
The virus spread via an email which promised content of an adult nature and is thought to have caught an unusually high number of people out. Users were being urged to update anti-virus software and to scan their system to ensure they had not been caught out. Many anti-virus firms have also produced tools that help clean up infected systems.