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The Blaster virus and how to get rid of it.

The blaster virus is still infecting thousands of machines across the web. There are now 9 variants of the blaster virus active on the internet and a huge number of machines are still infected and trying to infect others. This virus exploits weakness in Microsoft Explorer and causes annoying problems on your machine. Examples are:

  • Machine reboots over and over
  • Cut and Paste between Office apps does not work
  • Email download in Outlook fails
  • Links don't work on web pages

This virus does not come through the mail instead it comes direct from another PC who uses the same internet provider as you. The only way to stop these worms is to use a firewall. Even if you are using a dialup account you should have a firewall. You dont even need to pay for it, just download the home user version from www.kerio.com or www.zonealarm.com and install it. Once you are running a firewall program you will be amazed at the number of attempts there are to hack into your PC - about 50 per hour is average if you include viruses. - It's scary! Get a firewall and be secure.

 

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To get rid of the MSBlaster viruses or any of the major viruses go to the Panda website and download the blaster virus killing program

Download QRemove

If you have problems with downloads at the moment then read-on for manual instructions

Apply the patches issued by Microsoft from the following page:

Terminating the virus Program

To stop your windows XP machine rebooting

1. Select Start -> Run
2. type shutdown -a in the box and press Ok.
3. This will stop the reboot at least for a few useful minutes while you disinfect.

This procedure terminates the running virus process from memory.

  1. Open Windows Task Manager and click the Processes tab.
  2. In the list of running programs, locate the process:
    MSBLAST.EXE
     
  3. Select the process, then press the End Process button.
  4. To check if the process has been terminated, close Task Manager, and then open it again.
  5. If the process is still running then continue anyway
  6. Close Task Manager.

Removing Autostart Entries from the Registry

Removing autostart entries from the registry prevents the malware from executing during startup.

  1. Open Registry Editor. To do this, click Start>Run, type Regedit, then press Enter.
  2. In the left panel, double-click the following:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Run
  3. In the right panel, locate and delete the entry: "windows auto update" = MSBLAST.EXE
  4. Close Registry Editor.

Now reboot your machine.

Get a firewall

Download a software firewall from www.kerio.com or www.zonealarm.com and install it.

Re-infection

If you find that the msblast virus has come back before you install the firewall then go through the instructions again and this time the firewall will protect you against re-infection.

The Last Resort

If can't get rid of this virus and you are within 20 miles of Cambridge UK call us at Novastream and we will get an engineer out to clean up your machine (s) for a reasonable fee. 01223 207008

 

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