Worm viruses have been around for more than 20 years. The first “real” Internet worm virus was released around 1988. Once released, the “Morris Worm” spread within a matter of hours infecting thousands of vulnerable machines across the America. “Vulnerable” meaning, these systems had no form of protection from viruses.
After the worm virus, a number of viruses sprang up, but not one caused as much damage as the original. The next major virus to surface showed up around 1996. The Word macro virus was accidentally included on two Microsoft CDs, but this was not the only means of travel for this virus. It had the ability to multiply rapidly through document exchanges. This worm virus hid inside various types of Word documents. Once a document was sent to an individual’s computer or to a group and that document is opened, the receiver’s computer would immediately catch the virus. The virus would pass from computer to computer through the receiver’s sent documents.
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While worm viruses may sound unstoppable, fortunately, with the right virus protection they actually can be stopped – or at the very least, repelled.
To get rid of worm viruses there are several free anti-worm virus downloads available on the web. It is important to note that, before downloading any type of free worm remover software, it is extremely important to make sure that the software originated from a trusted source. If you are running Windows, stick with Microsoft software downloads. Microsoft offers its “Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool” free of charge for its Windows operating system. The great thing about this free Trojan and worm removal tool is that it updates once each month and reports if malicious software is found.
Other anti-worm virus downloads include: Norton AntiVirus and McAfee Antivirus. These software programs are not free. It is important to note that while the Microsoft Software Removal Tool helps remove infections, it does not prevent them. If you want added security, it’s best to install Norton or McAfee as well.
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The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 computers for and helps remove infections by specific, prevalent malicious software including Blaster Worm, Sasser, and Mydoom. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. The tool creates a log file named mrt.log in the %WINDIR%\debug folder. Version 1.30 adds Win32/Allaple to the list of malicious software this tool detects.