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Re: Worms versus Bots

  • From: Rob Nelson
  • Date: Mon May 03 07:44:23 2004

At 11:04 PM 5/2/2004, Sean Donelan wrote:

The antivirus vendors are bemoaning the fact the Sasser worm has been
slow to spread.  On the other hand, most of the vulnerable computers
seem to have already been taken over by one or more Bots days or weeks
before the worms arrived.

Other than the obvious, don't let a bot on get on your computer in
the first place, are there any opinions about the best anti-bot tools
for naive computer users?  The major virus vendors seem to be having
a bit of trouble dealing with bots, frequently recommending  manual
editing of files and use of regedit.  There is also a much longer
delay between the apperance of a new bot and updates to antivirus
packages.
One of my concerns is that it's easy to download an anti-virus package which will most likely delete (it seems that unless it's a VBA macro virus the files can never be cleaned!) some of the 100% worm or virus files. The trojan programs, bots, and spyware stick around. It would be a wonderful program that scanned for and cleaned up BOTH virus and bot files...

Rob Nelson
ronelson@vt.edu





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