Watch out for this new virus!

  1. Just got word of a nasty new virus going around.

    "The worm arrives in an email with the following characteristics:

    Subject: Happy New Year
    body: Hii,
    I can't describe my feelings
    But all I can say
    is Happy new year :-)
    Attachment: Christmas.exe"

    "If Christmas.exe is opened, the worm will display a graphic of Santa Claus and a reindeer. Behind the scenes, the worm is busy collecting addresses from Outlook and MSN Messenger, sending the same email to any contacts found. The worm copies itself to the Windows directory and adds itself as
    Zacker="C:\windows\christmas.exe to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Run registry key, causing it to be started each time Windows starts. The worm then disables the keyboard, deletes files found in the Windows\System directory, and changes Internet Explorer's homepage to that of an infected
    Geocities website. The website displays a political message critical of U.S. President Bush. The virus also includes anti-Jewish and other political messages. "

    further info here
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   nurs4kids
    I bit one a few weeks ago titled "Celebration". Don't even remember opening it, AOL caught it as I sent a 750 mass emails to over 1000 different receipents in less than 3 minutes..did I mention I have a 57k modem? lol Thank God AOL changed my password and stopped the majority of the outgoings. Took several days to get my computer straightened out, though.
  4. by   kennedyj
    yep nurse your friends will love you. LOL
    sometimes if you run a firewall it will catch those.
    a good free one is at
  5. by   Zee_RN
    I received an email from my mother. This is unusual. My mom just doesn't email that much. Weirder than that, the subject matter was an email that I had sent her months ago (actually, it was referencing the pictures from all over the world that was originally posted here on this board). I thought "that's strange! Why is Mom resending me my own email from months ago?"

    I opened up the email and there was no message. But there was an attachment entitled "FUN." I selected opened and the McAfee Virus Scanner said it was infected with something-or-other virus (I deleted too quickly to actually read it!) and that there was no cure for it.

    My mom states she sent NO emails. She further stated she doesn't even HAVE anyone in an "address" book. I'd say she got a virus that sent emails to possibly everyone that she had an email in her INBOX to that she hadn't yet deleted. Thoughts?