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Matcher virus does rounds

PC Advisor's VBScript virus tactics

Yet another virus is on the loose, and this one targets those looking for love, not just cheap thrills.

Antivirus firm Trend Micro identified the new Microsoft Visual Basic Script Trojan horse virus called Matcher early yesterday.

Though the virus will not damage an individual user's computer, it may pose problems for companies running mail servers, said Susan Orbuch of Trend Micro.

"In an organisation it has the potential to overwhelm an email server, crashing it," she said.

This VBScript virus is similar in nature to the recent Kournikova, Melissa, Naked Wife and Love Bug viruses and can be avoided relatively easily. See our previous story for instructions on how to turn off VBScript in Windows.

A Trojan horse appears to do one thing, but in reality does something else entirely when run, often with mischievous results. Matcher comes disguised as a program that promises to find you a love match.

The virus, which Trend Micro said is liable to spread fast but is non-destructive, goes by the official name Troj_Matcher.A, or the alias Bugger, and will appear as an email attachment called Matcher.exe.


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