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Dangerous computer worm set to attack on April 1st


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How would the worm get into your system anyways?
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How would the worm get into your system anyways?


It used an exploit that wasn't fixed until xp sp3 and vista sp1, I'm not sure exactly what it was though.



the exploit it used was fixed by a patch thats included with sp3 and vista sp1




Then why did you say:



Microsoft has 1000+ people working on it since early January and they still haven't found a solution.




Surely it doesn't take 1000 people just to fix the code and ship it in the regular update for sp2? If MS cared ,which they do (they have a $250,000 reward on the creator of this), they'd ship it regardless of what service pack you have.




Let me rephrase myself. They have fixed the exploit with windows service pack 3 and vista service pack 1. This means that computers with these versions of the operating system can no longer GET THE VIRUS. To this date, Microsoft has no means to actually remove the virus from infected computers and negate its spread.



I don't know what the fix actually was, but the size of the exploit was such that it couldn't be fixed with the basic updates.

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Ah, I see. You confused me a bit there :P I'm a tad concerned because I can't install SP3 (I've tried it a couple of times and thanks to Windows Genuine Disadvantage it breaks and I have to load up a backup). Anyway, I did some research and there are patches for SP2 on the MS website that prevent it from getting in.



How would the worm get into your system anyways?




Various ways. The most common ways are on USB memory sticks (To fix it you have to turn the autoplay feature off) and if your computer is networked. Apparently new infections are levelling off though.
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Ah, I see. You confused me a bit there :P I'm a tad concerned because I can't install SP3 (I've tried it a couple of times and thanks to Windows Genuine Disadvantage it breaks and I have to load up a backup).




This one here: http://www.microsoft... ... layLang=en



Does it do the same?

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I tried that one, no difference unfortunately. I'm not hugely bothered anyway, I don't have anything that requires SP3 and I'm pretty sure I can live without until I get my new computer in the summer :)
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http://www.theregist... ... discovery/



Security experts have made a breakthrough in their five-month battle against the Conficker worm, with the discovery that the malware leaves a fingerprint on infected machines that is easy to detect using a variety of off-the-shelf network scanners.



The finding means that, for the first time, administrators around the world have easy-to-use tools to positively identify machines on their networks that are contaminated by the worm.




Most AVs should send out updates in the next day or so. I highly suggest you check for them.
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http://www.theregist... ... discovery/



Security experts have made a breakthrough in their five-month battle against the Conficker worm, with the discovery that the malware leaves a fingerprint on infected machines that is easy to detect using a variety of off-the-shelf network scanners.



The finding means that, for the first time, administrators around the world have easy-to-use tools to positively identify machines on their networks that are contaminated by the worm.




Most AVs should send out updates in the next day or so. I highly suggest you check for them.




Heh, thats good news. Just in time too, eh? :D



Unsurprising that off the shelf scanners work, most "normal" anti viruses couldn't detect it.

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Do we know what time it's set to attack?... I'd assume something to the effect of 12:00AM GMT, but you never know..



And would it be worth not using the internet tomorrow at all if you're not sure if your computer has it?... We've got a Windows 2000 with tons of important stuff on it... It could have gotten the worm, right?

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Do we know what time it's set to attack?... I'd assume something to the effect of 12:00AM GMT, but you never know..



And would it be worth not using the internet tomorrow at all if you're not sure if your computer has it?... We've got a Windows 2000 with tons of important stuff on it... It could have gotten the worm, right?


Unless you plan on never using the internet again it won't work, i just read an article on it, the virus will still take effect if you boot up april 2nd instead of 1st.



And to littleboy on page 1: lighten up, for all you know it could be some mutli-millionare that wrote the program just to have the dancing banana show up on peoples screens, you have no more knowledge of what it will do than my 6 month old nephew does
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Do we know what time it's set to attack?... I'd assume something to the effect of 12:00AM GMT, but you never know..




Watch it be set at 1:01AM (which spells out LOL).



EDIT: By the way, if I got my laptop in late January (it has Vista SP1), should I be set? Someone said that SP1 had a patch that prevented the computer from getting the virus.



Last MS updates were downloaded on March 11th on my computer.
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im not sure how to do computer backup how should i do this?simple terms plz..>.>

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Do we know what time it's set to attack?... I'd assume something to the effect of 12:00AM GMT, but you never know..




Watch it be set at 1:01AM (which spells out LOL).



EDIT: By the way, if I got my laptop in late January (it has Vista SP1), should I be set? Someone said that SP1 had a patch that prevented the computer from getting the virus.



Last MS updates were downloaded on March 11th on my computer.




Yes, Vista service pack 1 no longer has the exploit the virus was using to get inside your computer.



As of 8:30 am est nothing has happened yet....

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By saying that nothing has happened, the troll is successful.

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By saying that nothing has happened, the troll is successful.




I was merely stating fact. If you would actually take the time to read the thread you will see I have been warning people about the possible consequences that could be drastic. I'm not going to say something has happened if it hasn't, I've made it aware the whole time that this worm might not actually do anything.

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April fool's anyone? :lol:
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