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“LovSan” msblaster.exe Worm and How to   Remove It.
by Keith Benicek, Managing Editor
August12th, 2003

Has the “LovSan” msblaster.exe wormed it’s way into your heart and networked computer? If it has you aren’t alone! Hundreds of business IT workers and perhaps thousands around the world have been very busy fixing the damage that this bugger of a Worm has created on their network computers. You’ll know you’ve got it when you see the “message” LovSan” on your screen and you lose control of your computer.

Among companies affected was automaker BMW in Germany, said spokesman Eckhard Vannieck, the problems did not however affect auto production.

A lot of home users have fallen prey to this malicious worm too, and in both home and business users, they have no one to blame but themselves. On July 16, Microsoft posted on its Web site a free patch that prevents LovSan and similar infections, and the word of this serious security hole was spread far and wide in the media for the last month. But a lot of IT managers, technicians and home users worldwide just ignored the warnings.

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Microsoft spokesman Sean Sundwall acknowledged that the blame does not really lie with customers. "Ultimately, it's a flaw in our software," he said.

The worm first attacked recent versions of Microsoft’s operating systems with an inundation of data packets early this week, triggering computers running Windows to shut down and restart. Only Windows NT, 2000 and the new Windows XP are subject to the security hole and this worm attack.

The early attacks first forced Maryland's motor vehicle agency to shut down for the day and even kicked Swedish Internet users offline as it spread. Fortunately, because LovSan is comparatively mild and doesn't destroy files, just uses your computer to send a Denial Of Service attack on Microsoft’s web site where Windows patches are offered.

The blaster.exe worm got its name from a note it leaves on infected computers: "I just want to say LOVE YOU SAN!" Symantec engineers also discovered a hidden message that faults Microsoft chairman Bill Gates for not fixing a flaw in Windows system that allows the type of attack.

Symantec's probes detected more than 125,000 infected computers worldwide and Non-Microsoft systems were are not vulnerable except for the possible difficulty of connecting to the bandwidth choked internet.

How to remove the Blaster Worm
Go on to Page 2 for the complete removal instructions for Office or Home systems.

How to Remove it



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