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07 March 2003
13 February 2007
Also Known As:
Bloodhound.VBS.Worm, I-Worm.Zokrim [KAV], VBS/Vale@mm.gen [RAV]
Systems Affected:

The VBS.Krim.F@mm worm is a variant of VBS.Krim@mm . This worm sends itself to all the contacts in the Microsoft Outlook Address Book.

When VBS.Krim.F@mm is run, one of the files that the worm created titled, Mhr.vbs, displays a message box.

The email may have the subject, "Mi ami ancora ???" or "Sto male senza di TE." The attachment is named amore.bat.

If VBS.Krim.F@mm finds that mIRC is installed on your computer, it replaces the mIRC Script.ini file with its own ini file. This modification causes the worm to spread over the IRC network. The worm also attempts to format the C drive, by adding a command to the Autoexec.bat file.

NOTE: Virus definitions dated prior to March 10, 2003 may detect this as Bloodhound.VBS.Worm.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 09 March 2003
  • Latest Rapid Release version 04 November 2019 revision 019
  • Initial Daily Certified version 09 March 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version 04 November 2019 revision 065
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 09 March 2003
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

VBS.Krim.F@mm arrives as the email attachment, Amore.bat. If this batch file is executed, it does the following:
  1. Creates the folder %Windir%\Vale.

    NOTE: %Windir% is a variable. The worm locates the Windows installation folder (by default, this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt) and copies itself to that location.
  2. Creates the following files:
    • C:\Amore.bat
    • C:\Mhr.vbs: The attribute of this file is set to Hidden. If Mhr.vbs is run, it displays the following message:

    • %Windir%\Vale\Amore.vbs
    • %Windir%\Vale\2.vbs
    • %Windir%\Vale\Zkm.reg: The attribute of this file is set to Hidden.
  3. Sends itself to all the contacts in the Microsoft Outlook Address Book. The email has the following characteristics:

    Subject: Mi ami ancora ???
    Message: Mi perdoni per quello che ti ho fatto ?? Valentina
    Attachment: amore.bat


    Subject: Sto male senza di TE
    Message: Ti prego dammi una risposta t.v.b. la tua Valentina
    Attachment: amore.bat
  4. Adds the value:

    WinBatload c:\amore.bat

    to the registry key:


    so that the worm runs when you start Windows.
  5. Renames the Windows file, %Windir%\Command\, to %Windir%\Command\

    NOTE: This will work on Windows 95/98/Me computers only, as the file is not in the \Command folder on Windows NT/2000/XP systems.
  6. Modifies the file, C:\Autoexec.bat, to run, which is the renamed, on the C drive.
  7. Attempts to delete all the .exe, .doc, .xls, and .txt files from the C:\Docume~1 folder, as well as all of its subfolders.
  8. Creates the file, script.ini. VBS.Krim.F@mm uses this file to control mIRC if mIRC is installed in any of the following folders:
    • C:\Mirc
    • C:\Mirc32
    • C:\Program~1\Mirc
    • C:\Program~1\Mirc32


Symantec Security Response encourages all users and administrators to adhere to the following basic security "best practices":

  • Use a firewall to block all incoming connections from the Internet to services that should not be publicly available. By default, you should deny all incoming connections and only allow services you explicitly want to offer to the outside world.
  • Enforce a password policy. Complex passwords make it difficult to crack password files on compromised computers. This helps to prevent or limit damage when a computer is compromised.
  • Ensure that programs and users of the computer use the lowest level of privileges necessary to complete a task. When prompted for a root or UAC password, ensure that the program asking for administration-level access is a legitimate application.
  • Disable AutoPlay to prevent the automatic launching of executable files on network and removable drives, and disconnect the drives when not required. If write access is not required, enable read-only mode if the option is available.
  • Turn off file sharing if not needed. If file sharing is required, use ACLs and password protection to limit access. Disable anonymous access to shared folders. Grant access only to user accounts with strong passwords to folders that must be shared.
  • Turn off and remove unnecessary services. By default, many operating systems install auxiliary services that are not critical. These services are avenues of attack. If they are removed, threats have less avenues of attack.
  • If a threat exploits one or more network services, disable, or block access to, those services until a patch is applied.
  • Always keep your patch levels up-to-date, especially on computers that host public services and are accessible through the firewall, such as HTTP, FTP, mail, and DNS services.
  • Configure your email server to block or remove email that contains file attachments that are commonly used to spread threats, such as .vbs, .bat, .exe, .pif and .scr files.
  • Isolate compromised computers quickly to prevent threats from spreading further. Perform a forensic analysis and restore the computers using trusted media.
  • Train employees not to open attachments unless they are expecting them. Also, do not execute software that is downloaded from the Internet unless it has been scanned for viruses. Simply visiting a compromised Web site can cause infection if certain browser vulnerabilities are not patched.
  • If Bluetooth is not required for mobile devices, it should be turned off. If you require its use, ensure that the device's visibility is set to "Hidden" so that it cannot be scanned by other Bluetooth devices. If device pairing must be used, ensure that all devices are set to "Unauthorized", requiring authorization for each connection request. Do not accept applications that are unsigned or sent from unknown sources.
  • For further information on the terms used in this document, please refer to the Security Response glossary.

These instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines.

CAUTION: If you are using Windows 95/98/Me, do not restart your computer until you have followed all the instructions, paying particular attention to step 2. If you restart the computer without removing the text that refers to "@if not exist C:\amore.bat," you could lose all the data on the C drive.
  1. Update the virus definitions.
  2. Remove the text that was added to the Autoexec.bat file (Windows 95/98/Me only).
  3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as VBS.Krim.F@mm or VBS.Krim@mm.
  4. Reverse the changes made to the registry.
  5. Rename the Format command (Windows 95/98/Me only).
  6. Restore the Script.ini if you use mIRC.

For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Updating the virus definitions
Symantec Security Response fully tests all the virus definitions for quality assurance before they are posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
  • Running LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions: These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers once each week (usually on Wednesdays), unless there is a major virus outbreak. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, refer to the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate).
  • Downloading the definitions using the Intelligent Updater: The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted on U.S. business days (Monday through Friday). You should download the definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site and manually install them. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, refer to the Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater).

    The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are available here. For detailed instructions on how to download and install the Intelligent Updater virus definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site, click here.

2. Removing the text that was added to the Autoexec.bat file
If you are running Windows 95/98/Me, follow these steps:
  1. The function you perform depends on your operating system:
    • Windows 95/98: Go to step b.
    • Windows Me: If you are running Windows Me, the Windows Me file-protection process may have made a backup copy of the Win.ini file that you need to edit. If this backup copy exists, it will be in the C:\Windows\Recent folder. Symantec recommends that you delete this file before continuing with the steps in this section. To do this:
      • Start Windows Explorer.
      • Browse to and select the C:\Windows\Recent folder.
      • In the right pane, select the Win.ini file and delete it. The Win.ini file will be regenerated when you save your changes to it in step f.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. Type the following:

    edit c:\autoexec.bat

    And then click OK.
  4. Look for the line that begins with:

    @if not exist C:\amore.bat
  5. If this line exists, select its entirety. Be sure that you do not select any other text, and then press Delete.
  6. Click File, and then click Save.
  7. Click File, and then click Exit.

3. Scanning for and deleting the infected files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program and make sure that it is configured to scan all the files.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. If any files are detected as infected with VBS.Krim.E@mm, click Delete.

4. Reversing the registry changes

CAUTION : Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before you make any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.
  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (The Run dialog box appears.)
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK. (The Registry Editor opens.)
  3. Navigate to the key:

  4. In the right pane, delete the value:

    WinBatload c:\amore.bat
  5. Exit the Registry Editor.

5. Renaming the Format command
If you are running Windows 95/98/Me, follow these steps:
  1. Start Windows Explorer.
  2. Browse to and select the file:


    NOTE: %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows.
  3. Right-click, and then click Rename.
  4. Rename the file to

6. Restoring the Script.ini
If you use mIRC, delete the Script.ini file and replace it with a clean backup copy.

Writeup By: Jari Kytojoki