Antivirus Virus On The Loose

    Date21 Jan 2003
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3237
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The appearance and spread of viruses throughout the tech-enabled world is rapidly becoming par for the course for home and corporate users. However, occasionally, a virus contains a more interesting wrinkle than being named after a tennis player or teen-punk . . . The appearance and spread of viruses throughout the tech-enabled world is rapidly becoming par for the course for home and corporate users. However, occasionally, a virus contains a more interesting wrinkle than being named after a tennis player or teen-punk idol. For example, tech security companies are warning of a new virus designed to attack a version of the already-existing Yaha virus.

    The W32.Sahay.A@mm virus arrives as an attachment called "mathmagic.scr", with the subject "Fw: Sit back and be surprised..." It attempts to attach itself to all the .exe file in the Windows and C:\Program Files\Mirc\download folders, but due to bugs in the software may crash the computer or corrupt files in these folders.

    The Sahay virus also checks the computer for characteristics of the W32.Yaha family of worms, and if any are found attempts to remove them and then displays this message:

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