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So I'm back in the Uk. Safe and sound.

However.. my computer and my parents computer wasn't.

Theres a nasty worm virus going around that all you have to do it to be on the net to get it, or conected to a network that can be traced from the net.

the 'Blaster' worm exploits an error that could (in theory) allowing complete control by an outside user...

You get 'RPC' errors that cause your PC to restart with a countdown timer.. thats the only visual side effect, but a very annoying one.

This is the Symantec (Norton) security release about it, and the MS one-
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.blaster.worm.html
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-026.asp

The Windows XP patch to stop it happening again -
http://www.microsoft.com/security/security_bulletins/ms03-026.asp

A removal tool if you think you have it (takes a while to complete) -
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.blaster.worm.removal.tool.html

Its a pretty nasty litte worm that is screwing up computers all over the net right now... so now you know how to fix/protect yourself from it.

Another fix to stop thje rebooting (but not the vunerabliity) is the following:

  • Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.
  • Under 'Services' find the 'Remote Procedure Call' option, then right click then go to Properties.
  • Under Properties, go to the Recovery tab, you'll see a series of options listed as "At First failure..." "At Second Failure..." etc. Change the options to "Take No Action" or "Restart The Service" instead of the the default "Reboot the Computer"
    option, and you shouldn't have to reboot again.


  • Remember you should install the patch anyway.

    Comments

    ( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
    xink
    12th Aug, 2003 18:13 (UTC)
    [big hug]

    Don't forget I'm still your friend and I'm here for ya. Email me anytime.

    Just reminding you cos you're going through a lot and I want you to know I care.
    darkcryst
    12th Aug, 2003 18:16 (UTC)
    awww *hugs* thank hon *squeeze* I miss talking to you on IM.. are you ever on anymore?
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    darkcryst
    13th Aug, 2003 07:33 (UTC)
    A pain indeed.

    Thats why I posted this entry, it contains links to all the areas anyone needs to fix it, and make sure you don't have the problem again. So ppl can link it if they hear of anything/want to warn people.

    Back home in one piece yes... enjoying it? no..
    machiko3377
    13th Aug, 2003 08:57 (UTC)
    yeah, a whole bunch of computers here on the university network got hit. it's created quite a problem with many servers and junk. just a big ol pain.
    rougie
    19th Aug, 2003 10:44 (UTC)
    dood
    I need to talk to j00 about a certain website ;)

    btw, lo.
    darkcryst
    20th Aug, 2003 04:01 (UTC)
    Re: dood
    ahh.. he LIVES. Get the next back online finally?

    I'm on msn and stuff most of the time. Shout me there.
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