Re: Virus Help

From: Malke (
Date: 08/07/04

Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2004 18:52:42 -0700

Jennifer wrote:

> I attempted to use my laptop today to get on the
> internet. When I turned it on, a system error appeared.
> When I went online, a window popped up that a
> sasser.exe??? error happened and the computer would shut
> down in 30 seconds. I managed to find out that Microsoft
> has a fix, but I cannot keep the thing online longer than
> 30 seconds to download it...What can I do...I cannot
> reset anything--I would lose too much. Is the fix
> available on disk?

Sounds like you've gotten caught by the Sasser worm. To stop the
rebooting, go to Start>Run and type "shutdown -a" without the quotes.
For information about the worm, go here:

Get the worm off your system and then immediately patch XP: -
TechNet bulletin with download links

Install an antivirus program and keep it updated. Install a firewall. XP
has a built-in firewall, or there are free alternatives like Zone Alarm
or Sygate. Be aware that cleanup may be complex - we are now seeing
that infected computers usually have more than one variant of Sasser,
as well as one or more instance of a polybot worm from the
Gaobot/Agobot family.


MS MVP - Windows Shell/User
Elephant Boy Computers
"Don't Panic!"

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