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VBS.vbswg2.C@mm

VBS.vbswg2.C@mm

Discovered:
27 April 2001
Updated:
13 February 2007

This worm spreads using Microsoft Outlook and IRC. It worm arrives as an the attachment "e-card.vbs." The worm creates many files on your system.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 27 April 2001
  • Latest Rapid Release version 28 September 2010 revision 054
  • Initial Daily Certified version 27 April 2001
  • Latest Daily Certified version 28 September 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date pending
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

This worm is a Visual Basic Script (VBS) worm that uses Microsoft Outlook to spread. It sends itself to all addresses in the Microsoft Outlook address book. VBS.vbswg2.C@mm arrives as:

Subject: this e-card for you. (WWW.é-card.com).
Message: The message body is empty.
Attachment: e-card.vbs

It also spreads using mIRC and PIRCH. This worm creates many files on the system. A list of these files is in the Removal Instructions. Most of the files should be detected by Norton AntiVirus.

VBS.vbswg2.C@mm adds the value

c:\e-card.vbs

to the registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices

This allows it to run as a service when Windows starts.

It also may change your Microsoft Internet Explorer home page to a page hosted by Geocities. This page appears to have been removed.

Recommendations

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.

To remove this worm, delete files detected as VBS.vbswg2.C@mm, look for and delete files in the lists that follow, and undo the changes that the worm made to the registry.

To remove most of the worm files:
This will remove many--but not necessarily all--of the files that were dropped:
  1. Run LiveUpdate to make sure that you have the most recent virus definitions.
  2. Start Norton AntiVirus (NAV), and run a full system scan, making sure that NAV is set to scan all files.
  3. Delete any files detected as VBS.vbswg2.C@mm. (We suggest that you write down the file names of the files that you delete; this will make the removal process that is described in the next section somewhat easier.)

To delete files with Windows Explorer:
Using Windows Explorer, delete any of the files in the following list that were not deleted during the NAV scan.

C:\scandz.DII
C:\Msd32.dat
\Windows\jscode.dll
\Windows\e-card.js
\Windows\sexmovie.js
\Windows\pamela.js
\Windows\playboygirl.js
\Windows\passwords.js
\Windows\e-card.HTML
\Windows\sexmovielink.HTML
\Windows\photosalbum.HTML
\Windows\hacklink.HTML
\Windows\antiviruslink.HTML
\Windows\HiDDEN-Microsoft-TEAM.htm
\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp\e-card.vbs
\Windows\desktop\passwords.vbs
\Windows\desktop\e-card.vbs
\Windows\desktop\pamela.vbs
\Windows\System\Winshell.vbs
\Windows\Winsys.vbs
\Windows\lnternat.dII
\Windows\E-card.vbs
\Windows\E-card.mpg.vbs
\Windows\Web-passwords.vbs
\Windows\magazine.vbs
\Windows\pamela.mpg
\Windows\Temp\br3ak.vbs
\Windows\htmickode.txt
\Windows\br3ak-h3art.txt-

To find and delete files using Windows Find or Search utility:
Because some files may be in different locations, it is easier to search for these.
  1. Click Start, point to Find or Search, and then click Files or Folders.
  2. Make sure that "Look in" is set to (C:) and that Include subfolders is checked.
  3. In the "Named" or "Search for..." box, type--or copy and paste--the following file names:

    server.exe.vbs,  crack.vbs,  e-card.zip, *.UUE, mirc.dll
  4. Click Find Now or Search Now.
  5. Delete the files that appear in the list.

To edit the registry:

CAUTION : We strongly recommend that you back up the system registry before making any changes. Incorrect changes to the registry could result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Please make sure you modify only the keys specified. Please see the document How to back up the Windows registry before proceeding.
  1. Click Start, and click Run. The Run dialog box appears.
  2. Type regedit and then click OK. The Registry Editor opens.
  3. Navigate to the following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\
    Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  4. In the right pane, delete the value

    c:\e-card.vbs
  5. Click Registry, and click Exit to save the changes.

If the worm also changed your Internet Explorer home page, you can change it back to the desired page in Internet Explorer by clicking the Tools menu and clicking Options.
Writeup By: Gor Nazaryan