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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Melare

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Melare
Technical name:W32/Melare
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  It does not have any destructive effects. It sends itself out via e-mail.
Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:May 19, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Melare is a worm that has no destructive effects, which easy to recognize, as it reaches computers in an e-mail message with the subject Alert! SARS is being Spread! and an attached file called SARS_IMAGE.JPG.

When it has infected a computer, Melare sends itself out to all the contacts it finds in the Outlook Address Book.

Then, in order to go unnoticed, it deletes the messages it has sent from the Sent items folder.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Melare is easy to recognize, as it reaches computers in an e-mail message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    Alert! SARS is being Spread!
  • Attachments:
    SARS_IMAGE.JPG