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Hard.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Hard.A
Technical name:VBS/Hard.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:Hard
Type:Worm
Effects:  On November 24th it displays a text on the screen. It creates three files (one of them is a web page)

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Nov. 13, 2002
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Hard.A is a worm that is easy to recognize because it reaches computers in an e-mail message that attempts to pass off as a virus alert issued by the antivirus company Symantec. The e-mail message contains the following subject: FW: Symantec Anti-Virus Warning.

Hard.A is not considered a dangerous virus, as it just displays the text Don’t look surprised! on the screen on November 24. In addition, it creates three files, one of which is a web page containing information supposedly released by Symantec.

Hard.A spreads quite rapidly by sending itself to all the contacts in the Address Book.

Visible Symptoms 

    

An indication that you have received Hard.A is an e-mail message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    FW: Symantec Anti-Virus Warning
  • Message:
    Hello,
    There is a new worm on the Net.
    This worm is very fast-spreading and very dangerous!
    Symantec has first noticed it on April 04, 2001.
    The attached file is a description of the worm and how it replicates itself.
    With regards,
    F. Jones"
    Symantec senior developer
  • Attachment:
    www.symantec.com.vbs

For further information on the characteristics of this message, consult the Means of transmission section.

Hard.A activates on November 24 and it displays the following message on the screen: