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BlackWorm virus set to strike in 2 days

February 1st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

We may have ourselves a bit of a problem, globally I mean. Nowadays we have very powerful virus-scanners and security on our computers, however there is a fresh wave of viruses still popping out at us every single day, and now that there is over 130,000 viruses, Trojan’s, worms and all the rest of them out there, a lot of people cannot wait for Windows Vista to come out, because from the start, Microsoft have said that it will be able to protect itself against most things.

On February 3rd, a virus which has been dubbed BlackWorm, will activate itself on any infected machine and delete many important files off your system at minimum. It will target DOC, XLS, MDE, MDB, PPT, PPS, RAR, PDF, PSD, DMP, ZIP – basically Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and ZIP files.

The way it has spread, is by sending an email attachment and fooling the user into opening it, thus releasing the virus. 300,000 computers if not more have been said to already have the virus infected, if not released already. The best thing to do, is to make sure that you are fully up to date with your virus checkers, and if not, then visit one of the virus scanners below.

Virus scanners:
Windows Live Safety Center
Trend Micro HouseCall
Kaspersky Online Virus Scanner
McAfee FreeScan

Useful links
‘BlackWorm may have already hit’
BlackWorm virus information – click here.

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2 Responses

  1. Patrick S Says:

    So true…We have gone from a Virus scan taking only mere mins to ages-And not because of increaced Hard Drive Space (in comparison to a coupple of years ago),
    Also they say that rootkits are going to be hiding in read only chips on your physical hardware E.G. B.I.O.S chips!

  2. Patrick E Says:

    I just had my supervisor ask me some of the same questions about this new virus .. I am hoping that the knowladge of the virus will minimize the effect it has on our campus here — since most users keep their VirusScan (We’re a McAfee Site License campus) up to date.. we will see.. I’ll let you guys know 😛