- 27 April 2001
- 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.
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
to the registry key
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.
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:
- Run LiveUpdate to make sure that you have the most recent virus definitions.
- Start Norton AntiVirus (NAV), and run a full system scan, making sure that NAV is set to scan all files.
- 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.
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.
- Click Start, point to Find or Search, and then click Files or Folders.
- Make sure that "Look in" is set to (C:) and that Include subfolders is checked.
- 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
- Click Find Now or Search Now.
- 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.
- Click Start, and click Run. The Run dialog box appears.
- Type regedit and then click OK. The Registry Editor opens.
- Navigate to the following key:
- In the right pane, delete the value
- 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.