SoBig Virus

Hard on the heels of the Blaster worm outbreak , yet another version of the resilient and ever-popular SoBig virus began spreading rapidly on the Internet Tuesday morning. Known as SoBig.F, the new variant behaves much like its older siblings, infecting Windows machines via e-mail and sending out dozens of copies of itself.

The variant began spreading early Tuesday Eastern time, and by 9 a.m. Tuesday, MessageLabs Inc. had stopped more than 10,000 copies. The virus size is approximately 73 KB, and the attachment that actually contains the malicious code can carry any one of a number of names, according to iDefense Inc., a security company based in Reston, Va. Among the file names seen so far are:

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Removing the W32.Blaster.Worm

Surf several sites regarding this worm. Shall be sharing some helpful tips with you all.

1. Go to Start, Run and type in shutdown -a. This will cancel the shutdown attempt
2. Patch Your System with the appropriate MS03-026 Patch
3. After Installation of the Patch, Reboot your system.
4. Download and run “FIXBLAST.exe” to remove the MSBLAST.exe file, terminate the process and remove added registry keys by the worm.
5. Reboot your pc one last time.
6. Visit more often and take note of our repeated warnings to keep your system updated.

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Lots of people have been infected by the W32.Blaster.Worm. It is a worm that will exploit the DCOM RPC vulnerability using TCP port 135. It will attempt to download and run a file, msblast.exe.

» Infection Length: 6,176 bytes
» Systems Affected: Microsoft IIS, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP
» Systems Not Affected: Linux, Macintosh, OS/2, UNIX

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Microsoft Office 11 & LongHorn

Next in the Microsoft Office line after XP will be Office 11, it will be out sometime next year, but it can only work on Windows 2K and XP. Click here for some Office 11 screenshots.

Also, next in the Microsoft Windows line, rumoured to be called Windows 2004, and Longhorn is the code name for its alpha and beta stages, just like Whistler is the code name for Windows XP alpha and beta stages. Click here for some Windows Longhorn screenshots.

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