Bob: But the case has small holes on the back. Will the virus be able to crawl out of those holes and get to my other computers?
Me: No. Computer viruses don't spread that way.
Bob: Are you sure?
I told him that if he shut off the infected computer that all would be fine. Then I went through a basic description of the way computer viruses spread and precautions he could take to minimize his chances of getting a virus on the computer again. Apparently, my explanation was not understood.
Bob: OK. But are you sure the virus won't crawl out of the case and into my other computer when I turn it off?
Me: Yes, I'm sure.
Bob: I think I'll put it in my car for the night to keep it isolated.
I fought the urge to tell him to bring the computer in immediately and to wear gloves to keep the virus from infecting him. But I held my tongue.
Me: OK, if it makes you feel safer that will be fine.
Bob: I'll be in tomorrow.
Me: OK. See you then.
It took me a while to stop laughing after that call.
I guess there never is a boring day in IT. And if computer viruses really worked the way Bob thought, we'd all be in big trouble.
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