Immediately check your system for KAKworm virus
T. Lawrence Pitts
tlpitts at oro.net
Sun Oct 1 14:57:26 PDT 2000
> This virus may have been passed on to you via my correspondence. Takes
> effect at 5 PM apparently... Recommend IMMEDIATELY running both the
> program, see:
> and the patch to prevent your Microsoft mail program, Outlook Express
> being vulnerable to future attacks. See:
> Then manually remove the following file:
> That should do it!
> Don't delay... five pm today is critical apparently.
> Larry Pitts
> PS -- was alerted to problem through the following message, but the above
> procedure should do the trick for you.
> PPS -- if you use Outlook Express, don't email anyone until you are sure
> aren't infected; that's how this thing spreads!
> > VIRUSES
> > A number of people are awaiting information from me on this subject.
> > I will try to answer in individual emails the many questions raised but
> > to find the time to do that.
> > This is some general information that may be useful.
> > I installed Norton Anti Virus Version 2001 (NAV) about a week or so ago
> > have been running it almost daily (sometimes several times per day) on
> > computers. The program cost me $A 99.00. I have been very concerned with
> > infection of the KAKWORM virus which I had. The program picked up some
> > infected files and quarantined them and I immediately deleted them and
> > emptied
> > my Deleted Files bin.
> > Later and before there was any chance to become re-infected I then ran a
> > file
> > check on
> > KAK*.*, *.*KAK and found several files where a transformed KAKWORM had
> > migrated. This concerned me as I felt Norton ought to have found them.
> > Another check using NAV later showed there were seven files infected but
> > I
> > ran the same check across the network to the computer concerned (that is
> > used another computer) and the previous report appeared false. I ran NAV
> > again
> > on the computer previously reported to be infected and it came up clean.
> > A cousin suggested I go to a site ComputerRescueHelp at egroups.com and
> > that
> > Group and I did this and downloaded a file called KAKCLEANER.EXE which I
> > and it ran OK but did not report it had found anything but neither did
> > report there was nothing there to find so I am not sure it worked or
> > There are a number of international people on that site who indicate
> > are
> > disenchanted with NAV and have long since stopped using it. They do not
> > that it is Version 2001 or an earlier version that they do not like but
> > Version 2001 has only recently been released in Australia perhaps they
> > earlier experience in the USA with it. I just don't know.
> > Some of the users of NAV are having quite some bother deleting NAV as
> > uninstall (they say) does not remove some registry entries and some
> > it
> > makes to DLL files.
> > The thing I like about NAV Version 2001 is that each time you go on-line
> > checks to see if you have the latest virus list on your computer also it
> > designed to stop incoming files from any source infecting you with any
> > virus.
> > The recommendation by the leader of Computer Rescue Help a their leader
> > is
> > a chap who uses the alias Smilin' John is to use a free program called
> > INOCULATE IT available from
> > http://www.ca.com/ This program also does automatic on-line updates
> > NAV and there are a number of the subscribers to Computer Rescue Help
> > use
> > it and express satisfaction over a period.
> > I have downloaded INOCULATE IT and the virus list updates for this
> > and run it and my system is, at present, clean. It seems to live happily
> > alongside NAV which I have not uninstalled as yet.
> > I suggest you join the LIST at ComputerRescueHelp at egroups.com and
> > the
> > messages if you want to know more about virus prevention. You will get
> > 50 emails a day on all sorts of computer subjects and some messages are
> > repeated but if you can find the time to wade through the plethora of
> > you will get quite a few useful tips.
> > There is also a lot of information on the Computer Associates site
> > that tells about the nature of viruses and how they do their terrible
> > Worth reading.
> > My recent experience convinces me that prevention of virus entry is
> > than trying to rid yourself of an infection after the event and risk
> > all data on your computer. The sheer number of new viruses going on to
> > Internet daily is scary.
> > Regards,
> > Russell
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