VBS/LoveLetter.G is similar to the original VBS/LoveLetter.A virus.
This variant sends a message that seems to originate from Symantec's
support. This is not true. The message looks like the following:
Subject: Virus ALERT!!!
Body: Dear Symantec customer,
Symantec's AntiVirus Research Center began receiving
reports regarding VBS.LoveLetter.A virus early morning on
May 4, 2000 GMT.
This worm appears to originate from the Asia Pacific
region. Distribution of the virus is widespread and
hundreds of thousands of machines are reported infected.
The VBS.LoveLetter.A is an Internet worm that uses
Microsoft Outlook to e-mail itself as an attachment.
The subject line of the e-mail reads ILOVEYOU, with the
attachment titled LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.VBS. Once the
attachment is opened, the virus replicates and sends an
e-mail to all e-mail addresses listed in the address book.
The virus also spreads itself via Internet relay chat and
infects files on local and remote drives including files
with extensions vbs, vbe, js, sje, css, wsh, sct, hta, jpg,
jpeg, mp3, mp2.
Users should exercise caution when opening e-mails with
this subject line, even if the e-mail is from someone they
know, as that is how the virus is spread.
Symantec Corp. today announced availability of the virus
definition to detect, repair and protect users against the
This definition is available now via Symantec's LiveUpdate
and can also be downloaded from the following web sites:
Also as a quick solution Symantec Corp. offers Visual Basic
Script to protect your PC against this worm. (See
Note! When executed, this script will protect Your PC from
being INFECTED by VBS.LoveLetter.A virus.
To cure already infected PC's download Norton Antivirus
Updates mentioned above.
Symantec Corporation - a world leader in internet security technology.
This variant changes the Internet Explorer start page to point to an
adult site. The default search page is set to point to a hacker site.
The virus creates a new file with the same name for the files with the
following extensions: ".js", ".jse", ".css", ".wsh", ".sct", ".hta",
".com" and ".bat", but using the extension ".vbs". The original file
will be deleted. Since all ".com" files have been removed, the system
cannot be restarted.
This variant does not attempt to download the "WIN-BUGSFIX.exe".
[Analysis: Katrin Tocheva, Mikko Hypponen, Alexey Podrezov and Sami Rautiainen, F-Secure]