Blaster Worm

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Posted by Sadie from D006050.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu ( on Friday, August 15, 2003 at 6:00PM :

In Reply to: ????? posted by Alexander from ( on Friday, August 15, 2003 at 5:50PM :

Oh, I don't think it's from you. I think it was from some spam email, because right after I checked my hotmail "junk" box (to scan for anyone's messages I may have forgotten to add to my "safe" list), my computer decided to shutdown & restart. So, I tried to check my hotmail again, & my computer shutdown & restarted.... Apparently that's one of the signs of the blaster worm - it can shut down Windows(without saving any open files you may be working on), & do a bunch of nasty things to your hard drive, e.g. delete files, mess around with files, etc.

Anyway, if you have a problem with your computer (see info below), & this goes for anyone, that sounds like the one I had, you may want to go to this Microsoft site:

or this one:

Also, if you have an antivirus program installed, check on the website for that antivirus software company to see if they have worm removal programs.
Who Is Vulnerable?
Users of the following products could be affected by this worm:

Microsoft® Windows NT® 4.0
Microsoft Windows® 2000
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003
If you are unsure of which version of Windows you are running, click here.

Your computer is not vulnerable to the Blaster worm if either of these conditions apply to you:

1.) If you are using Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), or Windows Millennium (Windows Me).
2.) If you downloaded and installed the security update that was addressed by Security Bulletin MS03-026 prior to August 11, the date the Blaster worm was discovered.

How to Tell If Your Computer Is Infected:

While some customers may not notice the presence of the worm infection at all on their computer systems, typical symptoms may include Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems rebooting every few minutes without user input or Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 systems becoming unresponsive.

-- Sadie
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