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FriendGreet.B

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:FriendGreet.B
Technical name:W32/FriendGreet.B.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  Its main purpose is to spread via e-mail.  
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 11, 2003
Detection updated on:Jan. 5, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

FriendGreet.B is a program that does not carry out any destructive actions on affected computers. However, its great capacity to propagate can affect the functioning of computer networks negatively, especially when there is heavy mail traffic.

Due to its high transimission rate and the large number of affected computers, this program has been included in our Virus Signature File as a worm.

FriendGreet.B can spread very quickly through e-mail and Internet downloads.

Visible Symptoms 

    

The first symptom of Friendgreet.B's presence on the system is the arrival of an e-mail message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    %recipient%  you have a greeting card from %sender%
  • Message:
    %recipient%,
    %sender%
    has sent you a greeting card -- a postcard from
    Friend-Greetings.com.>
    You can pickup your greeting card at Friend-Greetings.com by clicking on the link below.
    http://www.friend-greeting.com/203746/pickup.html?code=%recipient%&id=1111023

    Message:
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    %recipient%
    I just sent you a greeting card - please pick it up.
    %recipient%
    ------------------------------------------------------------

    Note:

    %sender% and %recipient% are the names of the corresponding message sender and recipient.
  • Attachment: None.
  • When the user clicks on e-mail´s link, a security warning is displayed requesting the user's consent to install the Friendgreet.B program: