Virus Alert! - Watch for the 'Vote' worm (9/25/01)
This question was answered on September 25, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.
The W32.Vote.A@mm is a mass-mailing worm written in the Visual Basic language and is delivered via e-mail.
When executed, the worm will attempt to email itself to all contacts in the Microsoft Outlook address book
The email will appear as follows.
Subject: Fwd:Peace BeTweeN AmeriCa and IsLaM!
iS iT A waR Against AmeriCa Or IsLaM !?
Let's Vote To Live in Peace!
If you contract this worm, the following will occur:
- Emails everyone in the Microsoft Outlook address book
- After a reboot, the worm attempts to delete all files in the Windows folder
- All files with the extension "htm" or "html" will be overwritten
- If the Backdoor.Trojan was successfully downloaded and installed, anyone could gain full access to the computer.
As usual, if you simply refrain from opening e-mail file attachments (especially those that have an *.exe extension) from anyone, including people that you trust, you can avoid this worm.
Be sure to update your anti-virus program at least once a week if you are a frequent e-mail user.
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Posted by Ken Colburn of Data Doctors on September 25, 2001