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Virus Encyclopedia

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LoveLetter.BU

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:LoveLetter.BU
Technical name:VBS/LoveLetter.BU.worm
Threat level:Low
Alias:Trojan.VBS.Lovcx
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers.
Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:April 21, 2006
Detection updated on:April 21, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

LoveLetter.BU is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

It causes information loss: different types of documents such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

 

LoveLetter.BU uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • Email: sending emails that include a copy of itself as an attachment. The computer is infected when the attachment is run.
  • File infection: it infects different types of files, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.