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Virus Fact Sheet
Alias:ExploreZip, Worm.ExploreZip, ZippedFiles, I-Worm.ZippedFiles
Who is affected?This is a worm that uses Microsoft Outlook to spread on Windows 95, 98 and NT Non-Outlook users can be infected also, but cannot spread the worm.
What does it do?Overwrites the user's files on any drives (including network drives). Affects the following file formats:
  • .DOC
  • .XLS
  • .PPT
  • .ASM
  • .CPP

The worm creates a file of 0 length and renames it the same as existing files.
How is it spread?Through an e-mail attachment using Microsoft Outlook only.
What to look for:The following text in the body of the message:
  "Hi, I received your e-mail and I shall send you a reply ASAP. Till then, take a look at the attached zipped docs."
An attachment named "zipped_files.exe" that looks like a WinZip archive file.
Status:Active as of 6/10/99>
*As of 11/30/99 the virus has a slight variation. The virus is compressed which prevents previous virus scanners from detecting it. A new patch is needed to detect this virus.
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