I Love You Worm (also known as VBS/Loveletter) is perhaps one of the most widely-known viruses of this type. It showed up in 2001 and has infected a massive number of computers all over the world. The first country that was attacked by this worm was China. However, today we can hardly find a country that hasn’t been attacked by I Love You Worm. Just like any other worm, this malware poses a serious harm to computer and its owner. What can be caused by it? First of all, it can be used for collecting personal information and other data. The loss of such data can lead you to identity theft, the money loss and other serious problems. In addition, I Love You virus can also install other malware on your computer and disable security software. As you can see, it’s a serious threat that has to be avoided.
Ways of infiltration:
I Love You malware has been spread through email attachment. The infected letter is typically entitled as ”I LOVE YOU” and includes an attachment that is named ”LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.txt.vbs”. As you can see, this attachment has a .vbs extension, which means that it is an VBSCript-type file. Unfortunately, but the majority of people do not pay attention to files’ extensions and download each of them to their computers. In this case, they are tricked into thinking that I Love You scam is a sweet letter from someone who decided to reveal his/hers feelings. However, after opening the file without even thinking that it can be infected with a virus, computer gets infected. The text of e-mail may contain words like ”I love you” and everything that is similar to that. If you happen to get such message from an unknown person, do NOT open the attachment!
This worm spreads around very fast, because, as soon as it gets to the system, it immediately sends its copies to all of victim’s contacts. It does that via the Outlook Express and other mail operators. In addition, it copies itself to the system folder and writes its information to the registry. It may also block some of your files (images, audio files, video files and other) by decrypting them. This worm has plenty of variants, so be careful with it. The filenames may be different from listed here.
Removal of I Love You worm:
I Love You Worm manual removal: