Microsoft dooms MyDoom'but not the next worm
- By Susan M. Menke
- Feb 06, 2004
Reacting belatedly to the MyDoom worms that bombarded e-mail systems and its own Web site this month, Microsoft Corp. yesterday released a software patch that removes MyDoom.a and .b from 32-bit Windows 2000 and XP systems.
Most antivirus vendors had already provided similar patches.
Microsoft's free download
of Doomcln.exe also restores access to antivirus sites that were blocked if a user opened the malicious executable .ZIP file in a MyDoom e-mail.
Also, the tool removes a back door that the so far unknown worm authors could use for spamming and other purposes; Microsoft's promised $250,000 bounty has gone unclaimed. But the company cautioned that Doomcln cannot protect users against future MyDoom variants or other malware.