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JS.Loveletter

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:JS.Loveletter
Technical name:JS/LoveLetter
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  It overwrites files on the affected computer.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:
Detection updated on:June 3, 2003
StatisticsNo
Family:LOVELETTER (I LOVE YOU)

Brief Description 

    

JS.Loveletter is a worm that reaches computers in an e-mail message that warns about the risks of a previous version of the same virus. It also spreads through the IRC chat channels.

The message contains a file called PROTECT.VBS, which contains the virus code. On running this file, JS.Loveletter deletes all the files with the extensions VBS,VBE, JS, JSE, CSS, WSH, SCT, HTA, COM BATMP3 and MP2 that it finds on the affected computer.

In addition, every time it infects a computer, JS.Loveletter sends out a message containing the virus code to all the contacts in the Address Book.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that JS.Loveleter has reached a computer is an e-mail message warning about a virus called Iloveyou that includes an attached file called PROTECT.VBS.