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About the Hybris or Snow White virus



A type of computer virus has been spreading around the net over the past couple of months called the Hybris Virus. This virus comes in an E-mail normally from hahaha@sexyfun.net and with a subject of something such as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"



When run, the worm infects WSOCK32.DLL. Whenever an email is sent, the worm attempts to send a copy of itself as an attachment to a separate message to the same recipient. Any other behaviour exhibited by the worm, including the text of the message, is entirely dependent on the set of installed components. Consequently the message can have any subject, any message text and any filename for the attached file, but the ones found being sent to and from QCO are most commonly the Snow White joke.

Opening the attachment launches the worm. If the WSOCK32.DLL, is being used by windows then it creates a copy of the same and infects it. It gives a random eight character file name to the new file which does not have any extension. The worm then overwrites the WININIT.INI to continue its infection routine on next Windows Startup. The registry modifications are done at the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

The worm sends mail with any of the above randomly chosen body text and attachments for every outbound mail. Plugins are automatically updated from a website. These plugins are also converted into newsgroup messages and posted. The worm tries to connect automatically to several news servers to post messages to the newsgroup alt.comp.virus.

There is also another component to this virus. On the 24th of September of any year, or at 1 minute to the hour at any day in the year 2001, displays a large animated spiral in the middle of the screen which is difficult to close.

To remove the virus, consult your anti-virus software manual about updating virus definitions and then have it scan your machine. If you are unsure how to do this, contact the provider of your anti-virus software.

For more information on virus updates and anti-virus software, visit our Virus Information section.


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