Should you apologize if you get an email virus that starts sending out infected emails to all your friends and contacts? You bet you should! Propagation of a virus of this type depends on others not knowing any better and you may have just perpetrated that.
Unfortunately, we all will experience infections of some sort on our devices at some point or another. So it is not the fact it happens as much as how you react as a result of finding you have been compromised.
For example I am posting from my laptop because my main workstation is at the very moment being worked on my the fine techs over a Support.com due to what appears to be a malware infection.
I have virus software running 24/7, updating constantly and know better than most how to avoid getting infected. In my case no emails are being sent, this situation didn’t impact anyone but me. Due to this I’ve barely gotten anything done today!
But if you do find yourself infected first you want to figure out how it happened so it does not happen again. Lack of of understanding, software, updates? Whichever it is address it so you won’t find yourself in this embarrassing situation again.
Then, you may want to send out a simple broadcast apology stating you are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the virus generated emails. Note that you’ve now put software/updates in place to prevent this from happening again.
Keep in mind however, that if your friends have good virus protection, those emails may not be an issue. Your infected email will be quarantined on the download.
Generally the only people who have problems with viruses of this nature are those who do not ensure their computers are protected. This includes constantly updating their virus software.
Make sure you use the built-in update scheduler that comes with all virus/spamware software. This will make sure that your computer is kept informed of the latest new viruses to know what to protect you from. Also make sure you have a program that is actively scanning your email too.
So stop now and check your virus software. Is it set to update automatically? Yes? Good job!