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Freelink

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Freelink
Technical name:VBS/FreeLink
Threat level:Low
Alias:Freelink.A, Freelinks, VBS/Freelink.A-mm
Type:Worm
Effects:  It displays a message on the screen. It creates a shortcut to pornographic web pages on the Windows Desktop.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Feb. 21, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Freelink is a worm that spreads extremely quickly through the following methods:

  • E-mail messages with the LINKS.VBS attached file.  
  • By automatically sending the RUNDLL.VBS file via IRC (chat).

Freelink’s only effect consists of showing a message on the screen, followed by the creation of a shortcut to pornographic web pages on the Windows desktop.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that Freelink has reached your computer is if you receive an e-mail message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    Check this.
  • Message:
    Have fun with these links. Bye .
  • Attachments:
    LINKS.VBS

Freelink can also spread in a file called RUNDLL.VBS via IRC chat.

Once activated, Freelink displays the following window:

VBSFreelink_img1

Then, it creates a shortcut to pornographic web pages on the Windows Desktop.