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New Virus: “Robot”

Friday, July 20th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Security Help
 
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New Virus: “Robot”

Yes, unfortunately it’s true. Another virus has been discovered and it is quickly working its way around the Internet these days. The name of the virus is “Robot” and it looks as if this one has perfected the use of trickery. The virus comes in through an e-mail, with the scammers conning you into thinking they’re going to help you, but they actually infect you instead. Keep reading for more details on this!

The e-mail you might see says something about a robot detecting abnormal activity from your IP address when you’re sending out e-mails. It then goes on to say that this is probably happening because of another virus and they offer you a patch to install. The patch will supposedly remove the virus files and stop any further “bad” e-mails from going out. They then tell you that if you don’t get the patch, your account will be blocked and you won’t be able to send any e-mails at all.

Once you install the patch, a Trojan then installs itself into your Windows system folder under the name of “windev-72b5-203e.sys.” The Trojan virus has also been found under other names, including Trojan.Packed.13, W32/Nuwar@MM, Worm:Win32/Nuwar.JT and Mal/Dorf-A. Now, as you can see, this scam is perfect, because when most people are told they’re infected with a virus, they do whatever they can to get rid of it. That is, despite the fact they may be hurting themselves even more in the end. So, the bottom line is, if you see anything like this pop up in your e-mail, don’t do anything with it. Just ignore it, delete it and keep on moving. Stay safe, my friends!

~ Erin

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