Is the MSN photo album virus back?

By , August 10, 2007 3:14 pm

I’m starting to receive more and more of this virus this few days. It is unknown whether if this is a new variant of the virus or simply the old one is just making a come back.

Nevertheless, this can sometimes can get rather irritating. So, here’s a simple removal tool (courtesy of Billy Flatman) that attempts to remove the virus.

Inside the zip file contains two files. run.bat and kill.exe. To use, simply execute the run.bat and see the miracle happens.

What the batch file (run.bat) does?

  1. Create a temporary registry file that removes the registry entries used by the virus.
  2. Executes the temporary registry file, or so called merge the temporary registry file with Windows registry.
  3. Deletes the temporary registry file.
  4. Terminates or kill the explorer.exe process.
  5. Delete the various files associated with the virus.
  6. Executes explorer.exe.

I have not tested the removal tool, for simply my computers are not infected with such an virus and I certainly do not have the intention of getting my computers infected for the purpose of testing it. Use at your own risk.

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