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'Homepage' Virus Warning

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
I found this virus warning on www.net4nowt.com and I thought I should inform you people <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"&gt;
Anyone who has recently received an email with the subject “Homepage” will probably be infected with a VBScript worm.

Experts today warned that the effects of the worm could be worse than that of the LoveBug with thousands of PCs around the country infected today alone.

It comes with the message, “Hi! You've got to see this page! It's really cool ;O)” and includes the attachment “Homepage.HTML.vbs”.

When opened the victim is taken to one of four randomly selected pornographic Web pages. At the same time it goes through the infected user’s Microsoft Outlook address book sending out the same email to everyone listed.

To remove the worm, delete any files detected as [email protected]

I had an IQ test. The results came back negative

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    We had phone call about it yesterday from our suppliers who said the 'homepage' virus had trashed their systems....

    Its easy to spot, best word of advice is don't open anything with a 'vbs' or 'pif' extension, that includes things like:

    anna_kornacova.jpg.vbs
    check_this_hot_mamma.html.pif

    Its a standard PIF worm which people have renamed, it overwrites some dos files, mp3 files and puts itself in winreg, then emails itself to everyone in the users address book.... the vbs one is similar but wrote in Visual Basic code and often doesn't work if you don't have 'VB6 Runtimes' installed on your machine...

    Best advice once again, don't open anything other than picture files (html / asp / flash / exe files can all have viruses in them.. keep an eye out) <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"&gt;

    Relax and happy surfing...

    Justin
    IT Systems Support
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    VisualBasic HAS to be the bane of all Windows Systems.

    the last few major virus scares (iloveu, melissa, kournikova, homepage)have ALL been based on VBS scripts. who actually uses the VisualBasic? I mean, domestic users don't. I doubt many do. Business users mostly dont as well. So it's just power users?

    Unless Outlook and OE and all that use VBS scripts to do stuff that i don't know about. justin?



    Look into these tired eyes. See something you might recognise.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Turtle:
    Business users mostly dont as well. So it's just power users?

    Unless Outlook and OE and all that use VBS scripts to do stuff that i don't know about. justin?

    I wouldn't say business users don't, at our company I'm always getting roped into writing VB scripts for Outlook, Exchange and for the SQL server....

    They do have their uses, its a bit like why people like writing macro's I suppose, make tasks faster...

    Unfortunatly, as its programming code you can get it to do anything really, VB has been used quite a bit in current viruses because:

    a) its not that difficult to do and the code in simple terms consists of things like if/as/or/then for operations

    b) back in the day people wrote some viruses in turbo pascal (when i was at school.. *shucks*) but that required half a brain

    c) its an alternative file extension to 'exe' so mailbox users are more likely to open it

    But to round up your question, yes business use it to shortcut tasks and operations although in such cases those VB apps would be made by either the administrators or external companies.

    Also (forgot to add) Windows itself uses VB in its own programming, quite a few windows tasks and programs use various vb scripts to do operations...


    [This message has been edited by Justin Credible (edited 10-05-2001).]
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ah, that explains it.

    good old macs. u'll find it hard to write a good virus in applescript.

    Look into these tired eyes. See something you might recognise.
  • the_Paranoid_bunnythe_Paranoid_bunny Rampant Poster Posts: 487 Boards Initiate
    Originally posted by Turtle:
    ah, that explains it.

    good old macs. u'll find it hard to write a good virus in applescript.

    try infecting a linux system
  • the_Paranoid_bunnythe_Paranoid_bunny Rampant Poster Posts: 487 Boards Initiate
    aaaaaargh i'm sorry.... i didn't mean to reply to this! it just slipped out!!! sooorrryyy!!!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    try hacking a nameserver <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/wink.gif"&gt;

    <remembers when someone succeeded> bet his ass was put on flames <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/wink.gif"&gt;

    theres also another virus going round, called "AOL.exe"
    its downloadable and changes your settings for TCP and IP connection, whatever you do DONT RUN IT - its also been said to have a negative effect on the person's IQ and social status <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/biggrin.gif"&gt; <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/biggrin.gif"&gt;

    call me satan <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/smilie/angryfire.gif"&gt;
  • the_Paranoid_bunnythe_Paranoid_bunny Rampant Poster Posts: 487 Boards Initiate
    Originally posted by MasterDevilish:
    try hacking a nameserver <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/wink.gif"&gt;

    i believe the secret is not trying to hack your own nameserver
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i meant the rather large ones, theres 14 or something in the world, someone hacked one and took down every .com there is...

    microsoft werent amused <eg>

    call me satan <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/smilie/angryfire.gif"&gt;
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