Public Service Announcement — How To Beat The W32/Blaster-A Worm

by John Hawkins | August 12, 2003 9:12 am

The W32/Blaster-A Worm is wreaking havoc all across the net on anyone with a XP, NT, or Windows 2000 OS who doesn’t have their security patches. This one is really spreading fast.

People hit with this worm are constantly being knocked off the net & forced to reboot.

The fix for this worm is the following patch[1]. Then you can clean the worm off your system with this[2].

If you’re on XP & are unable to download the patch before you’re knocked offline, go here[3] and you can get instructions to keep the virus from knocking you offline. That’ll enable you to get the patch and removal tool.

***Update***: The LovSan worm[4] (same thing) is spreading rapidly across Europe & Asia and according to the latest info in this article, “(n)early all versions of Windows are affected.”

Endnotes:
  1. following patch: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/?url=/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-026.asp
  2. this: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.blaster.worm.removal.tool.html
  3. here: http://vil.nai.com/vil/SystemHelpDocs/DisableSysRestore.htm
  4. LovSan worm: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030812/ap_on_hi_te/internet_attack_3

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