Re: Virus Help
From: Malke (malke_at_nospoonnotreally.com)
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2004 18:52:42 -0700
> 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
-- MS MVP - Windows Shell/User Elephant Boy Computers www.elephantboycomputers.com "Don't Panic!"