My dad had the JS/PSyme virus on his Windows XP PC, which we managed to clear out. However, at the same time he noticed a strange quirk with the Windows Fax and Photo Viewer.
He opened a jpg from his Yahoo email account through the Windows Photo Viewer. When he went to print it using the Photo Printing Wizard it displayed a preview of the picture together with hundreds of other images (including Tim Henman, some unknown wedding pictures and quite a bit of porn) that are nothing to do with my dad - or so he says
Clearing out the virus appeared to get rid of a lot of the pictures but there were still additional spurious pictures.
There is a Microsoft article that refers to this at support.microsoft.com/kb/915106
. The actual method of doing this was slightly different to that described by Microsoft, in that on the General tab we had to select Browsing History and could then choose to clear the Temporary Internet Files, Cookies, etc. Additionally, there was no checkbox to clear the offline content. Maybe the article refers to an old version of IE.
Anyway, the additional pictures are still there and mainly appear to be gifs from various websites.
Another suggestion we found on another forum was to open one of the pictures through the Photo Viewer, select Save As and delete all the images in the Save As box. This didn't work either.
Does anyone have any ideas? Could this be registry related or an indication that we maybe didn't get rid of the virus completely. There again, Microsoft seem to recognise there is some quirk.