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MyDoom Virus & How YOU can help!

By Val Burnett
Posted Monday, November 22, 2004

We have been monitoring stories and technical information that is available on this Virus that is Spreading like Wildfire! We believe that starting Feb 1st, we may see things slow down on the net, email problems, sites not available etc. We saw it before with last years big virus, but sources say this new virus is the worst one yet.

Based on their code, the Mydoom worms are scheduled to launch denial of service attacks against the SCO Group Inc. and Microsoft Corp., starting Feb. 1. A DOS attack means the infected computers are set to overload both companies' web servers with bogus information, in an attempt to prevent access by legitimate users.

Mydoom.B also prevents infected computers from accessing the web sites of Microsoft and many anti-virus software makers, making it difficult for the owner of an infected machine to get help.

With hundreds of thousands of infected computers as of Friday and at the estimated rate of 12,000 per hour systems becoming infected, this virus is taking over. It has been estimated that now 20% of all email that is being sent/received is the Mydoom virus and its variants! With this many systems infected and once Feb 1st hits, these infected systems will start the DoS attacks from all over the world. How will this
affect you?

Email Service could be slowed down, pop3 errors, websites slow to bring up or not available. Yes, this could very well affect even our sites and

your access to them when the DoS attacks start and there is NOTHING we can do to prevent this from occurring except educate our members and provide information on how to protect your system. This virus will cause so much information to be passed through the nets backbones that it will cause congestion, packet loss, instability of the major backbones and services being temporarily denied while major ISPs attempt to block and prevent further problems due to the DoS attacks and this virus.

This could turn into a nightmare for many companies that do business and depend on email, website reliability etc. HOW CAN YOU HELP?


There is NO reason that anyone on the internet should not have an anti-virus software installed on their computer. The fact that many do not and many that do not update their software regularly plus opening of

attachments when you do not know who they are from or where not expecting it - This is what is causing the spread of these viruses like wildfire.

MyDoom Details -

Avoid opening attachments from suspicious email messages Emails sent out by Mydoom.B are generated randomly. The From address may also be spoofed to appear as though the message is from a different address.

The subject of the message will include one of the following:

Delivery Error
Mail Delivery System
Mail Transaction Failed
Returned mail
Server Report
Unable to deliver the message

Not all email messages with these subject lines carry the MyDoom.B virus,
some may be legitimate status messages.

The message body will include one of the following:

The message cannot be represented in 7-bit ASCII encoding and has been sent as a binary attachment. sendmail daemon reported: Error #804 occurred during SMTP session. Partial
message has been received. The message contains Unicode characters and has been sent as a binary attachment.
The message contains MIME-encoded graphics and has been sent as a binary
Mail transaction failed. Partial message is available. The attachment will have one of the following filenames:



The attachment may have either one or two file extensions. If it does have two,
the first extension will be one of the following:


The second extension, or the only extension if there is only one, will be one
of the following: .pif .scr .exe .cmd .bat .zip (This is an actual .zip file that
contains a copy of the worm, sharing the same file name as the .zip. For
example, can contain readme.exe.)

We have gathered information for you that will help you get an anti-virus software
Program, how to check for the virus on your computer and information sites on what
a virus is and how to prevent infection. Please make sure you protect YOUR system
and prevent further spread through computer systems worldwide!

Removal Tool for MyDoom

How Computer Viruses Work (

Tips on Avoiding Computer Worms (

All users should go to the following site. They provide a GREAT and FREE Online Virus Scanner. Scan your computer And make sure you are not infected with a virus! Trend Micro's free online virus Scanner (

Anti-Virus Software - Get YOURS TODAY!

There are other Quite a Few Anti-Virus programs out there, some are free, some
offer free trials and some are paid. You need to find one that works for you, the
main thing is GET one if you do not already have one. Then Once you have it,
make sure to keep it UPDATED regularly.

Here are a couple of Anti-Virus Programs that many of our members and Subscribers already use:

Norton AntiVirus 2004 - FREE TRIAL (

AVG 6.0 Anti-Virus System - AVG 6.0 Free Edition (

Mcaffee - FREE TRIAL

Please make sure you keep your system protected which then will help protect any one in your address book from receiving a virus from you. In the end, if we all do our part, we can slow down and possibly even stop further spread of viruses across computer systems worldwide.

Your Partner In YOUR Success

Val Burnett
MBPAdvertising, LLP

About the Author
Val Burnett is Owner of many responsive marketing programs that include ( ( ( And 13 others all found at MBPAdvertising! ( "Our business IS our Customers"


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