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Really bad virus warning!


From: Maggie White (mwhiteaz_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 19:33:11 PDT

Hi, all,

This dire warning comes from a reputable online newsletter. This virus
sounds pretty scary, as it can infect your computer while surfing the

Maggie, safe and sound with Windows 98
Severe Attack By Worm Variant W32.Sasser.B.Worm! ____

A variant worm found on May 1st has already risen to a category 4 and
has a very high distribution rating on the SARC site. This new threat is
a self-replicating, self-installing worm that has nothing to do with
e-mail. W32.Sasser.B attempts to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft
and spread by scanning randomly-chosen IP addresses for vulnerable
systems. It is thought to infect home users more than corporate users,
however this may change at any given moment.

The primary symptoms for infected machines include the inability to
shutdown the system, a performance decrease, or a 60 second countdown
that forces the system to shutdown. Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003,
& XP are the only operating systems affected by this dangerous worm.

If you have a system that is already infected by this worm, then
download the removal tool at:

For optimal security it is suggested that you update your anti-virus
software. You can get more technical information about this outbreak &
removal instructions at:

For more detailed information from Microsoft, check out: