Windows worm trickery for Vista

January 21, 2009 – 5:22 PM

Drives such as USB sticks infected with the virus trick users into installing the worm, according to researchers.

The “Autoplay” function in Vista and early versions of Windows 7 automatically searches for programs on removable drives.

However, the virus hijacks this process, masquerading as a folder to be opened. When clicked, the worm installs itself.

It then attempts to contact one of a number of web servers, from which it could download another program that could take control of the infected computer.

Source:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7842013.stm

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