I count myself as one of the lucky ones. I've been in computing since 1980, I've owned computers since 1982, I've downloaded wares, and even at one time had a BBS trading in them (I was young and didn't know any better, as good an excuse as any)
I have had 0 viruses (Yep, just jinxed myself, I know
Sometimes I have a virus scanner installed, sometimes I don't. Of my 4 computers now, 1 has Norton's 2001, another has McAfee, the other two, which includes the one I use Outlook on, have no virus detection software. It's as much a matter of luck as it is being prepared.
One thing that is a guaranteed, however, is I ALWAYS have backups.
Good luck getting rid of that crap, Woody, and we'll see you when you get back