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25 August 2003
13 February 2007
Systems Affected:

VBS.PPSweep.Worm is a worm that spreads through file-sharing networks.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 25 August 2003
  • Latest Rapid Release version 28 September 2010 revision 054
  • Initial Daily Certified version 25 August 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version 28 September 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 27 August 2003
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When VBS.PPSweep.Worm is executed, it does the following:
  1. Copies itself to the following location, if the directories already exist:
    • c:\winnt\system32\tobster.vbs
    • c:\windows\system32\tobster.vbs
    • c:\programme\emule\incoming\Crack for all Games.vbs
    • c:\programme\kazaa\my shared folder\Crack for all Games.vbs
    • c:\programme\overnet\incoming\Crack for all Games.vbs

  2. Deletes files in the following folders:
    • c:\programme\overnet\incoming
    • c:\programme\kazaa\my shared folder
    • c:\programme\emule\incoming
    • c:\programme\emule\temp

      that contain the following extensions:
      • .mp3
      • .wav
      • .doc
      • .txt
      • .pdf
      • .avi
      • .mpg
      • .mpe
      • .zip
      • .ace
      • .rar
      • .exe
      • .tar
      • .iso
      • .bin
      • .cue
      • .dat
      • .part
      • .met
      • .bak

  3. Displays the message:

    Vielen Dank!
    Ihr PC ist nun vor bösartigen Datein geschützt!
    Senden Sie bitte diese Datei an Ihre Freunde und Bekannten um auch deren PC´s zu sichern!

  4. Adds one of the following values, depending on the location where the worm was created:
    • "t0b" =  "c:\winnt\system32\tobster.vbs"
    • "t0b" =  "c:\windows\system32\tobster.vbs"
    to registry key:


The following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines.
  1. Disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP).
  2. Update the virus definitions.
  3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as VBS.PPSweep.Worm.
  4. Delete the value that was added to the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Disabling System Restore (Windows Me/XP)
If you are running Windows Me or Windows XP, we recommend that you temporarily turn off System Restore. Windows Me/XP uses this feature, which is enabled by default, to restore the files on your computer in case they become damaged. If a virus, worm, or Trojan infects a computer, System Restore may back up the virus, worm, or Trojan on the computer.

Windows prevents outside programs, including antivirus programs, from modifying System Restore. Therefore, antivirus programs or tools cannot remove threats in the System Restore folder. As a result, System Restore has the potential of restoring an infected file on your computer, even after you have cleaned the infected files from all the other locations.

Also, a virus scan may detect a threat in the System Restore folder even though you have removed the threat.

For instructions on how to turn off System Restore, read your Windows documentation, or one of the following articles:
For additional information, and an alternative to disabling Windows Me System Restore, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article, "Antivirus Tools Cannot Clean Infected Files in the _Restore Folder ," Article ID: Q263455.

2. 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: Read "How to update virus definition files using the Intelligent Updater" for detailed instructions.

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.PPSweep.Worm, click Delete.

4. Deleting the value from the registry

WARNING: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making 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 following values, if they are present:
    • "t0b" =  "c:\winnt\system32\tobster.vbs"
    • "t0b" =  "c:\windows\system32\tobster.vbs"

  5. Exit the Registry Editor.

Writeup By: Tony Lee