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Computer Security Part 4 – Blaster Virus

Posted Sunday, May 23, 2004

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Continuing with our Computer Security series, this week we are going to cover an old virus, which surprisingly is still affecting millions of computers worldwide.

It seems terrible that almost 9 months after its initial release, that so many computers are still having problems, but this is mainly due to people not updating their operating systems. Windows XP, 2000, .net and NT are affected, and the main sign is that when you go on the Internet, you get an error saying “Windows Must restart because the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) terminated unexpectedly”.

The main problem with this virus is that you can just get it. You don’t have to download, or open files, if the patches on your operating system are not up to date and you have no firewall, then by being on the Internet is enough to get infected.

To remove the virus, follow these instructions:

First type in the web address that is below into your browser address bar, and download the file to your desktop.

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/FixBlast.exe

Next download the latest patches from www.windowsupdate.com for your operating systems.

Finally if you find the virus or not, make sure you have anti-virus (AV) software installed and updated. AV programs that are not up to date are useless. A free online virus check is also available from our website, www.thecomputerdesk.co.uk.