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Virus name: Goner.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
Origins: Goner is a mass-mailing worm written in Visual Basic and generally sent as a file attachment named gone.scr accompanied by a message similar to the one quoted above. Goner infects the recipient's PC when the attachment (named in such a way as to fool the operating system into seeing it as a screen saver) is opened. Goner then attempts to delete anti-virus and other security software and replicates itself by sending messages to addresses found in the infected user's Microsoft Outlook address book. Goner can also reportedly be spread via ICQ and can use infected users' PCs to launch Denial of Service attacks via IRC.
Last updated: 27 January 2008
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