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VBS.Ypsan@mm

VBS.Ypsan@mm

Discovered:
27 November 2002
Updated:
13 February 2007
Systems Affected:
Windows

VBS.Ypsan@mm is a mass-mailing worm that sends itself to all contacts in the Microsoft Outlook Address Book.

When the worm runs, it adds the value

SENNASPY %system%\SENNASPY.VBS

to the registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

so that the worm runs when you start Windows.

It also creates the value

SENNASPY

in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

It then sends itself to all contacts in the Microsoft Outlook Address Book. The email message has the following characteristics:

Subject: subject
Message Body:  body

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 December 2002
  • Latest Rapid Release version 28 September 2010 revision 054
  • Initial Daily Certified version 02 December 2002
  • Latest Daily Certified version 28 September 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 04 December 2002
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

NOTE: These instructions are for all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines.
  1. Update the virus definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan, and delete all files that are detected as VBS.Ypsan@mm.
  3. Delete the value

    SENNASPY %system%\SENNASPY.VBS

    from the registry key

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
For details on how to do this, read the following instructions.

To update the virus definitions:
All virus definitions receive full quality assurance testing by Symantec Security Response before being posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
  • Run LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions. These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers once each week (usually Wednesdays) unless there is a major virus outbreak. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, look at the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate) line at the top of this write-up.
  • Download the definitions using the Intelligent Updater. Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted on U.S. business days (Monday through Friday). They must be downloaded from the Symantec Security Response Web site and installed manually. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, look at the Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater) line at the top of this write-up.

    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.

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

To delete the value that the worm added to the registry:

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 only the keys that are specified. Read the document How to make a backup of the Windows registry for instructions.
  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 key

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  4. In the right pane, delete the value

    SENNASPY %system%\SENNASPY.VBS
  5. Exit the Registry Editor