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Microsoft Updates Worm Detection Tool

Posted by iTech - 2005-10-13

Along with a slew of patches, Microsoft on Tuesday also did its monthly update of the Windows Malicious Software Tool, a free utility that detects and deletes a select number of worms, viruses, Trojans, and rootkits.
October's edition of the tool adds four new pieces of malware to the growing list of targets: Antiny, Gibe, Mywife, and Wukill.

Antiny is a name given to a family of worms that spread via a Japanese file-sharing application called Winny, and so is limited to Japan. The other three, however, are less selective in their victims, and use e-mail, and in some cases, network shares, to propagate.

All four are rated as "Moderate" threats by Microsoft, which uses a three-step system to rank malicious code.

A copy of the tool is automatically downloaded, installed, and run on Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003 on systems set to grab patches from Windows Update or Microsoft Update.

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