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Worm Virus Detector

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by dmcclure, Oct 17, 2001.

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  1. dmcclure

    dmcclure Thread Starter

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    A friend sent me this method of detecting a worm virus: Make the first entry in your Address Book "!000" and the address "Worm Alert". If a virus tries to send itself to everyone in the address book it will fail because the first address is invalid. And the message back to you will indicate the bad address as Worm Alert. Is there any merit to this suggestion??

    Thanks,

    Don
     
  2. Kento

    Kento

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    Well here's what Symantec and Mcafee have to say about it:

    http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trick.address.book.entry.html

    http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_99213.htm

    It really won't work except with maybe a few older viruses according to Symantec. From them...

    "Although this is technically not a hoax--in theory, it could work with a few older worms and viruses--Symantec Security Response strongly recommends that you ignore it. You should not rely on such "fixes" to prevent the spread of viruses, worms, and Trojans. Also, a hacker could exploit some variants of this message to make you more susceptible to loss of confidential information."
     
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