Q-C Online support pages
Technical support article

About the Goner virus "W32.Goner.A@mm"



W32.Goner.A@mm is a mass-mailing worm that is written in Visual Basic. The worm has been compressed using a known Portable Executable (PE)* file compressor. The worm can spread its infection using the ICQ network as well as by email using Microsoft Outlook. If IRC is installed, this worm can also insert mIRC scripts that will enable the computer to be used in Denial of Service (DOS) attacks.

The E-mail will most likely come to you from someone you know and will appear saying:
How are you?
When I saw this screensaver, I immediately thought about you
I am in a harry, I promise you will love it!

Once launched, W32.Goner.A@mm starts by displaying the following window.



The worm has been packed using a known Portable Executable (PE) packer. The size of the worm unpacked is approximately 159 KB. The worm adds the value: C:\%SYSTEM%\gone.scr to the registry key of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
This virus an also infect your machine via ICQ and mIRC, two of the most popular chat clients. For more information on how these chat clients are infected, visit Norton Anti-virus W32.Goner.A@mm information

To remove this or any other virus, update your anti-virus software immediately and run a thorough scan of your machine. Your best defense against a virus is to always remember to never download any strange attachment, especially if you do not know who it is coming from. If you do not know what a specific attachment is, reply to the person who sent it to you and ask, do not download. Your second line of defense should be having, and running, an up to date Anti-Virus application. For more information on virus updates and anti-virus software, visit our Virus Information section.


Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








(More History)