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HTML.Loveletter.AS

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:HTML.Loveletter.AS
Technical name:HTML/Loveletter.AS
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It overwrites files in the affected computer and deletes all the network disk drives that can be accessed by the infected computer.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:
Detection updated on:Nov. 24, 2003
StatisticsNo
Family:LOVELETTER (I LOVE YOU)

Brief Description 

    

HTML.Loveletter.AS is a worm that arrives in a message that aims to trick users into thinking they have received a love letter.

It spreads very rapidly in a message with the following subject US PRESIDENT AND FBI SECRETS =PLEASE VISIT => (http://WWW.2600.COM)<= and the message VERY JOKE..! SEE PRESIDENT AND FBI TOP SECRET PICTURES.

Whenever HTML.Loveletter.AS infects a computer, it automatically sends itself out to all the contacts in the Address Book.

This virus has very damaging effects:

  • It overwrites the content of all files with VBS and VBE extensions, making them irretrievable.
  • On November 7 it deletes all the network disk drives that can be accessed by the affected computer. This makes this virus particularly damaging for companies.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that you have received HTML.Loveletter.AS is an e-mail with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    US PRESIDENT AND FBI SECRETS =PLEASE VISIT => (http://WWW.2600.COM)<=
    In some cases the subject consists of six characters selected at random.
  • Message:
    VERY JOKE..! SEE PRESIDENT AND FBI TOP SECRET PICTURES.
    The message can also be a text containing ten characters selected at random.
  • It includes an attachment with a variable name.

A clear sign of HTML.Loveletter.AS is the following warning dialog box, which is displayed on screen on September 17.