Break the Chain Bad To The Bone

Exclusive (12/6/2001) I have unfortunately received e-mails carrying the Badtrans worm from several of my readers. Worms are similar to viruses, but their principle damage is self-replication. Badtrans may arrive as a message from someone you know with the subject "Re:" The mail will have a file attached with one of the following names:

Pics
images
README
New_Napster_Site
news_doc
HAMSTER
YOU_are_FAT!
stuff
SETUP
Card
Me_nude
Sorry_about_yesterday
info
docs
Humor
fun

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The attachment will have two file extensions that will be ".doc", ".mp3" or ".zip", followed by ".pif" or ".scr". Simply receiving the file does not lead to infection, the worm is only activated if you open the file attachment. Once activated, the worm disables some of your computer's security features and sends itself out to people in your address book as well as e-mail addresses in web pages you've visited recently.

All of the major anti-virus software packages now have updates available to protect you from Badtrans. For more information and to download fixes, consult the experts:

Symantec
McAfee
F-Secure
Trend Micro

If you don't have anti-virus software on your computer, GET SOME! The piece of mind is worth the small investment. In the meantime, you can get free online scans and manual disinfection instructions from Trend Micro's House Call.

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Category: Virus Warning
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