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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.



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1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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