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Winevar worm can delete every file on a hard drive
Antivirus vendors are warning users about a new E-mail worm that has the potential to wreak havoc on computer systems and call the user "foolish" while it does its damage, possibly even deleting every file on an infected hard drive. Most antivirus vendors have updated their software to stop the worm and have made removal tools available for those already infected. The worm, named Winevar, was first spotted in South Korea, the vendors say.
Like other recent worms, Winevar takes advantage of a well-known Iframe vulnerability is Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Outlook E-mail clients. The flaw makes it possible for such worms and viruses to open HTML formatted messages and execute them without user activation.
Once Winevar is on a system, it installs a virus similar to Funlove that tries to turn off installed antivirus software. According to antivirus vendor F-Secure Corp., Winevar also...