The best laid plans of mice, men, and caregivers! If you gave a digital photo frame as a gift to an elderly parent, a grandchild, or others recently, be aware. At least one model by Samsung was inadvertently released with a nasty worm. I couldn’t find any information about it on the Samsung site itself, however Amazon issued a notice, with complete directions on how to deal with it and a contact number for Samsung. Per Amazon:
The alert concerns discovery of the W32.Sality.AE worm on the installation disc SAMSUNG FRAME MANAGER XP VERSION 1.08, which is needed for using the SPF-85H as a USB monitor. If you are using Vista or a different version of Frame Manager, this issue does not affect you…
If this could possible impact you or your loved ones, please go to Amazon for all the details.
I realize this may be old news to some of you. The alert was first released on December 22, 2008. I was just notified of it by one of my best sources, however, and neither he, nor I, had been aware of it. In the interests of better late than never, I felt this information should be shared as soon as possible. I know I had thought of giving a Digital photo frame as a gift soon, and one of my relatives already purchased one. These are great gifts, especially for elderly parents who may not be comfortable with a computer, but would love to see a slideshow of grandkids nonstop. Even if you didn’t give this as a gift yourself, you might check with your older relatives and friends to see if they have one from another source. If so, they’ll greatly appreciate your helping them with this situation.
Fortunately, the fix for this problem is fairly simple. Just follow Amazon’s instructions, or help your recipient to do so, and soon, those pictures will once again be delighting the viewers.