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Old 02-02-2006, 04:32 AM   #1
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Just a heads up people, Worm on the lose..Man this sucks


If you have computer files you'd rather not lose, now is a good time to make sure your anti-virus software is up to date. A worm set to activate Friday will corrupt documents using the most common file types, including ".doc," ".pdf," and ".zip."



Hundreds of thousands of machines are believed to be infected, mostly in India, Peru, Turkey and Italy, said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for Finnish security company F-Secure Corp.

The worm, known as "CME-24," "BlackWorm," "Mywife.E" or a number of other monikers, even tries to disable anti-virus software that is out of date, he said.

Thus, users should make sure their software is turned on and has the latest definitions, generally available for free from the software vendor's Web site. F-Secure also has created a free removal tool.

"If you are infected, and you find out about it today, you still have time to get rid of the virus," Hypponen said.

As worms go, the spread of BlackWorm is relatively low. But worms these days are generally designed to help spammers and hackers carry out attacks, not to destroy files as this one does. So the impact this time may be more severe.

Microsoft Corp. issued an advisory Tuesday warning customers about the worm, which affects most versions of its Windows operating system.

Users should be safe if they have the latest anti-virus software or if their computers are set with limited privileges, a common setting in larger organizations. They are vulnerable if they, like many small business and home users, leave their computers set with full administrative rights.

And users should check the date on the computer. The worm hits the third of every month, so if the computer's local calendar settings are off, Hypponen said, files may be destroyed sooner or later, even if the computer is never turned on Friday.

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Old 02-02-2006, 11:56 AM   #2
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Cheers for the heads up, I have Avast (would prefer AVG but it doesn't work on Win 64).

Just have to see what happens.
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THANK YOU VERYMUCH!

I use Symantec Antivirus, and I am pretty sure it is out of date. Also, I use Microsoft Firewall crap, but I am sure firewalls are mainly for hackers (right?) and I think that comes with a
Microsoft Antivirus, not sure :p, but thanks for the heads up
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I havent been on the Microsfot Security page, not too sure how good that is anyway but it might have an update to try and combate it.
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Yeah, seems that symantec antivirus covers it well. They wrote an update last week (monday of last week) so I'm coverd.
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I have avast, not the best in the world but I just have to wait untill AVG does a free one that works on Win 64.

Not long now though
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