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Anyone been 'Blasted'??/
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Salmoneye    Posted 08-12-2003 at 17:44:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gotta go help a friend down the road tomorrow with his puter...

Seems that the Win32/Blaster worm found his open 135 port and infesticated his hard-drive...He has the fix locations on the net, but can not stay on long enough to run them...One of the things the worm does is shut your puter down and restart it...

If you are running Win2000 or WinXP, I highly recommend you tell your firewall to close the affected ports (especially port 135)...

Or just install a nice old copy of Win98 2nd edition...

;-)


Jimbob    Posted 08-14-2003 at 11:22:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very common virus. I use Zone Alarm Pro. It stealths all ports & I am invisbile to other computers except sites that I allow to use cookies.


rhudson, 2 hours also    Posted 08-13-2003 at 18:14:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
yeah, too me about 2 hours also finished up around 3:00 last night/morning. it has shut down several state and federal computers.


Spence -What are the dang    Posted 08-14-2003 at 08:25:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
How do you get this bug anyway? Is there an infected site or IP provider we should stay away from, download dangers?

Thanks.


Hal/WA    Posted 08-14-2003 at 10:44:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wish I knew for sure. I did open an email that was unfamiliar a couple of days ago. Maybe a big mistake..... I had thought that it was necessary to open attachments to get a virus, but the newspaper said this one did not require any action by the computer operator. Live and learn.

I heard on the Today show that the FBI is investigating this terrorist attack. Maybe they can find the culprits and they can be prosecuted and punished. It would be interesting to know how much time was used or wasted dealing with this problem and what that time cost the people of the USA. I hope the people who did this are discovered and are dealt with very harsly. They deserve no leniency. It was just plain meanness.


Salmoneye    Posted 08-14-2003 at 11:44:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
As I stated above in another thread...

The only machines affected are running ME, 2000, Xp and the newer versions of NT...These all have an inherent flaw in that they have ways in to execute code or script while online or connected to a network...

The current worm is spreading through port 135 communications and you do NOT need to do anything other than connect to the Net to get it...

The worm seeks out open 135 ports on computers and just runs itself due to the flaw that was purposely written in to these latest versions of Windows...

Put the blame where it belongs...MickySoft...

For further info on vulnerabilities and MS corporate workings and reasoning behind the way that they write their programs, see the URLs below...

www.grc.com (Steve Gibson tells it like it is though he tends to get really techy)

www.microsuck.com (I can't even tell you what the real name of this site was till last week)


Hal/WA    Posted 08-13-2003 at 18:01:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just finished the long process of fixing (I hope) this problem. For the last couple of days, anytime I would get on the internet the system would shut down and reboot after a few minutes of browsing. I got a little irritated.....

Then I heard about the "worm" and realized that must be the problem I was experiencing. The newspaper recommended www.microsoft.com as the site that could help. The process took me about 2 hours with the download and my slow internet connection.

I sure hope it worked. I still cannot get into Hotmail, but maybe their system is clogged by others that have messed up systems.

I sure would like to get my hands on the @#$%^& hackers or whatever they want to call themselves that vandalized the computer systems by setting up this virus. It would not be a pretty sight! I hope the authorities can trace them and prosecute. This was just plain mean, and could have really hurt people. Maybe it did.


Spence    Posted 08-13-2003 at 05:56:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
....which reminds me of that golden puter rule, never agree to run Beta anything, that includes OPs systems.

Whenever I upgrade, I try to go one below what is out there, that way you get a bugless product and one that hackers aren't interested in.



Ayuh...    Posted 08-13-2003 at 05:58:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Long been my prefered mode...

Another year or two, and Win98 should be almost perfected...

;-)


Patria / PR    Posted 08-12-2003 at 19:02:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Then maybe I was right when I told my man "no XP for me thank you.."

Why would I want to change something that works perfectly alright?

He has XP on his computer and I have Win98.

Whenever he finishes solving whatever was wrong with his comp's system , the look in his eyes is just priceless...hm..he's a 'problem solver' :-)




Dave Smith    Posted 08-12-2003 at 18:51:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It seems to me that Microsoft, AOL and all the other biggies should be able to track down the ones who do these things and hammer them.
Dave <*)))><


Fawteen - As I said    Posted 08-12-2003 at 17:55:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
on another board, us pokey old farts running 98 on a Pentium II are finally catching a break...


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