Okay, there's a virus going around on MSN. - THe virus goes like this, *clears throat for an announcement*: "are these your pics?
I've spent AGES finding out how it all works, it seems nobody has put anything about it on the internet, and it kills any process killers or anti-virus software on its list, which is what prompted me to make a fix of my own.
It replicates itself by sending that link, and can take on any of the following forms:
It stores registry keys in the following locations:
HKEY_USERS<user SID here>SoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWindowsload
HKEY_USERS<user SID here>SoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWindows
Anyway, I made a fix for it, and you can download it here: http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/7/21/138833/Fixer.zip
Spent like, 1.5 days making it nice and easy. - The idea is that the virus imitates critical processes so that in dumb old task manager it thinks that it is a critical process also. Trying to close all the critical process using a BATCH file however, still won't let you close the actual thing, but WILL let you close the imitations. Also, it deletes the registry keys created by the virus so that it cannot run on startup. The files themself seem to be in a folder which doesn't exist no matter how I try to access them, so fortunately it means you can't run it accidentally.
If it says it didn't work, it just means that you don't have the virus it's looking for, so you could have something else, or it's already deleted the virus. The download includes "psgetsid" by Symantec, a DLL for deleting keys in the registry (which I use to remove the run on startup key for the virus), a simple batch program for closing the processes and outputting the SID into a file, and lastly, the GM file which uses the other files to remove the virus.
Hmm, are you allowed to make virus-removal tools with game maker? - I recall it not being allowed on the GMC... Anyway, try to send that link to anyone who has that virus, and you'll save the world. [/major overstatement]
I hope this helps anyone who accidentally clicked that link and got that MSN virus. I do recommend that you run a virus scan on your antivirus program to remove the traces of the virus, but this will completely stop the virus from working.