Love San Virus?

Question

Since having the Love San virus (not sure if it's related) when we change users, the desktop is completely empty - no icons, no start menu. The only apparent way to proceed is to turn the power off and on. Then that user's desktop is normal but upon change to another user, it's blank again. Any ideas?

Answer

This question was answered on May 29, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The MSBLAST.EXE worm aka Blaster.A, LoveSan or Msblast infects machines via network connections It can attack entire networks of computers or one single computer connected to the Internet The worm exploits a known windows vulnerability that is easily patched, however few systems seem to have this patch installed It attacks Windows 2000 and Windows XP machines and exploits the DCOM RPC Vulnerablity depending on the system date it will start a Denial of Service attack against windowsupdate.com this makes it difficult to download the needed patches and allow the worm to infect as many machines as it can before being disabled.as of August 15th Microsoft decided to kill the windowsupdate.com domain to lessen the impact from this denial of service attack MSBLAST can also cause widespread system instability including but not limited to Windows Blue screens, out of memory errors, changes to Control Panel, inability to use functions in browser, and many more oddities just download the Windows patches for this vulnerability by going to microsoft.com

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Posted by michael of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on May 29, 2004