Lemme explain, to those of you still with questions about MEMZ.
Leurak, the creator of the virus, intended it only to be for fun, and it was for Youtuber danooct1's 'Viewer-made malware' series.
He privately sent it out to some others, and some of the reciepients failed to follow Leurak's request NOT to share it to their peers or strangers.
The virus was leaked. The developer made Memz 4.0, as well as a clean version. MEMZ 4 had a warning message to warn users that the file was dangerous.
But of course we all know what happens when a noob with no computer experience doesn't listen.
Or when a user gets the virus and attempts to use is on his/her friend, not stopping to think how it affects others.
I just want to clarify, This is the result of one thing: stupidity. Not listening.
Also, MEMZ does not "completely brick/destroy computers and data". This is a common misconception from all sorts of PC users. If you get a virus, it doesn't "destroy" the PC. In a way, it's possible to create a virus the can destroy some hardware, such as one that wears the hard disk, or worse: a twist on the generally "harmless" Stuxnet virus, where instead of only targeting centrifuges...well, how about we turn off the CPU fans? Then the system overheats! Generally though, the closest you'll get to 'destroying' the PC is by wiping the BIOS. MEMZ doesn't do that--it targets the MBR instead. Not to mention that while it can be a pain to do, it's entirely possible to recover the BIOS.
That's all I have time to say right now. While most users seeking this article might not find this helpful and are already aware of these things, I wanted to inform some less-experienced or unaware users.
Also, just FYI, it is entirely possible to overcome the MBR issues by using backups, or any other form of recovery.
In fact, I've never tried this, but it (might) actually be possible to fix it with a Windows reinstall, without losing stuff--as long as it's done right. <---Nvm, scratch that.
Or maybe a live boot from an external medium, then from there get your files. tada.
IDK, but don't call the IT guy. They'll wipe it, like they tend to do, legit or not. Even if it's one of those that KNOWS what they're doing and doesn't do the exact opposite of what they're asked (we get a lot of those, including odd teens at tmobile who dont do their job. I blame my mom cuz when I say I'll help with something, she doesn't listen), they'll probably wipe it still--I wouldn't know what else to do.