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NT and the virus

Are there any NT-based viruses or can NT be susceptible to other viruses?

Some of the recent NT viruses are:

1. W32/Myparty Malicious Code found on 1/28/02. Spreads as an e-mail attachment. Non-destructive. May cause the default Web browser to run unexpectedly. The victim's site may experience an increased load on the mail server when the code is propagating.

See http://www.cert.org/incident_notes/IN-2002-01.html for more information.

2. W97M.DebilByte.A - discovered 2/5/2002. Infects eight micro modules that are then used to infect Normal.dot template file as well as any document whenever a document is opened or closed.

3. W97M.Comical@mm - discovered 2/4/2002. A mass mailing worm that drops a VBS file, C:Twin.VBS. This file creates and runs the C:WindowsAVW32.EXE file. The VBS file also creates the file C:backup.win, where it stores the recipient e-mail addresses from Outlook.

4. Backdoor.DSNX discovered on 1/30/2002. Is a backdoor Trojan horse that can give a hacker access to your computer.

5. W32.Porma@mm - discovered on 1/29/2002. A mass mailing worm that sends itself to all contacts in the Microsoft Outlook address book. It copies itself as C:http.www.sex.com.

See http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/vinfodb.html for the most recent list of viruses. The above list (2,3,4,5) and details have been taken (or summarized) from this site.

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This was first published in February 2002
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