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| What is the Goner virus? How will it affect my PC?
--- Rebecca Sequeira
- Is my computer virus infected?
- Where can I find info on email, surfing?
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The Goner virus
comes via email, with 'Hi' in the subject line. When opened, the message
How are you? When I saw this screen saver, I immediately thought about you I
am in a harry, I promise you will love it!
The virus comes as an attachment that appears to be a screen saver
If you click on this attachment, the worm infects your computer, shows an
error message to disguise itself, and then attempts to close programs that
are running, deletes .exe files, firewalls and anti-virus software. It also
replicates itself, and gets sent to contacts in your address book. Logically
therefore, the mail will seem to have come from a familiar person. This article
says that it also tries to send itself through online chat programs like IRC
and ICQ. It does so by modifying the settings to disable notifications, and
sends copies of itself to your online buddies.
McAfee has labelled it as High Risk, and this page
offers information on its detection and removal.
Symantec Security Response has assessed that the Goner virus has high
distribution and causes medium damage. To manually remove this worm, it is
necessary to restart the computer in Safe mode. Get comprehensive
instructions here. You will also
need to reinstall your antivirus software.
As Anti-virus companies are constantly upgrading to meet this challenge, it
is advisable for users to update their
antivirus software on a regular basis. These guidelines
for safer computing,
can also be followed.
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