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8/11/03: The new Worm is attacking Windows XP and WIndows 2000 and NT Computers.  If your comptuer is re-booting on its own- you probably have the worm.

What you should do RIGHT now if you have a Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Win NT Computer::

Enable your personal firewall (New 8/16/03): Make sure you have a firewall activated to help protect your computer against infection before you take other steps. If your computer has been infected, activating firewall software will help limit the effects of the worm on your computer.

The latest Windows operating systems have a firewall built in. Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 users should print or save the following instructions for how to enable their firewall.  You must disconnect from the Internet while you enable the firewall.

How to Enable Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) on Windows XP

  • On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  • Click the Network and Internet Connections category.
    (If the Network and Internet Connectionsis not visible, click Switch to Category View under Control Panel on the left side of the Control Panel window.)
  • Click Network Connections.
  • Right-click the Dial-up, LAN, or High-Speed Internet connection that you use to connect to the Internet, and then click Properties from the context menu.
  • On the Advanced tab, under Internet Connection Firewall, select Protect my computer or network, and then click OK.
    The Windows XP firewall is now enabled.

For Windows 2000 users only: instructions enable your firewall

1)   (Updated: 8/14/03) The existence of the file C:\Rpc.exe, C:\Rpctest.exe, or C:\Lolx.exe could indicate that your computer has been infected. To see if you have these files Click on Start then Search then All Files or Folders and put in the word rpc.exe (Or when repeathing the process rpctest.exe or lolx.exe) and then hit search.  Repeat the process to check for the other two file names).   If you come back with any of these files then you are most likely infected.     The names of the files are changing as the worm mutates so if your computer is shutting off on it's own repeatedly, you probably have the worm.  Bring your computer in have it repaired.  Updated 8/14/03: The worm is mutating and now there are multiple versions with minor variations.  It is getting to be much more difficult to repair.  The repair will likely take1 hour ($55) to fix but will depend on your computer. Technicians can make a service call to your house to fix the worm - there is a minimum 1 hour ($55) fee for the repair but it will be based on actual time to repair.

2) If you have Norton Anti-Virus, you are not protected from this worm unless you have run the 'live udpate' since August 7, 2003.  In other words, while you have Norton and it is set to run and protect you, it doesn't have the instructions about how to recognize and protect from this worm.  Run Live Update to get the current virus/worm definitions from Norton. Even with Norton updated, you need to update your Windows Operating System by following step 3 below.

3) Update your Windows Operating System.  All computers that run Windows operating system can be updated by following these steps.  It is recommended that the update be run before Saturday, August 16th since that is date that infected computers are supposed to try to take out a the Microsoft Windows Update site.    To update Windows you must be on the Internet.  With Intenret Explorer open click on TOOLS then WINDOWS UPDATE.   Follow the on screen instructions to update your windows operating system. 

A word about Anti-Virus Software:  Anti-virus software is the first line of defense.  Since this worm doesn't require e-mail in order to spread, any e-mail filters that block viruses would not block worms. Worms are spread from computer to computer on the Internet without any human action.      Once you have an anti-virus program, it must be updated with the current definitions of viruses.  As an example, Norton Anti-virus must go through the process called Live Update where the program gets the current list of viruses and worms from the main Norton computers.  This Live Update can only be run when your are on the Internet.   Once you have run the Live Update, then your computer is protected from known viruses and worms as of that date.    The Blaster worm was known and protected by computers who had run the Live Update August 7th, 2003 or later. If you hadn't run the Live Update at that time, your Norton would not have known how to protect your computer from the Blaster worm.   This is why it is important to get the updated virus definitions.  When you buy an Anti-Virus program, you are purchasing the software and the access to get the updated virus/worm definitions for 1 year. At the end of that year, you must purchase another subscription to continue your protection for another year.  Many people believe they are protected since their new computer came with an Anti-Virus software, but those are free initial subscriptions that are often only good for 90 days.  Computers purchased from Computer Partners in Greenup, IL have the full 1 year of protection from the date of purchase.  You must then purchase an annual subscription to access the updated virus definitions.



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