What is it?
Code Red Worm and Code Red Worm II are viruses that have spread very quickly over the past month and have the potential for great impact. On July 9th, the original Code Red virus spread to 250,000 computers in only 9 hours. Potential impacts of the virus include slowed Internet speed, web page outages and defacements, and disruption of business and personal applications such as e-mail and e-commerce. Code Red Worm II has an additional threat because it leaves a backdoor to the computer or server open, allowing hackers easy access to these machines.
How Do I Know if I Have It?
Only computers and servers with the Windows NT or Windows 2000 operating system can be infected. If you are a home computer user with the Windows ME, 98, 95, or 3.1 operating system, you are safe from the virus and can leave this page now. To determine what your operating system is:
– Go to the start menu and click run, then type in: winver
This screen will tell you which operating system your computer has
If you determine that you have one of the 2 infectable operating systems, you may or may not have the virus. But either way, the easiest way to avoid trouble is to install the Code Red patch and reboot your system. Rebooting your system will remove the worm from your system if it is present, and installing the patch will prevent you from being infected or reinfected.
How To Get Rid of The Virus:
First, download the patch for your specific operating system:
Once you have clicked on the appropriate link above, click the “Download Now” button or the “Security Update” hyperlink on the screen that comes up.
On the next screen, make sure that the bubble for “Save this program to a disk” is marked, as shown below:
Then click OK and select a directory in which you want to download the file (make sure you remember which directory you select!).
After the download is complete, go to My Computer and browse to the directory where you downloaded the file and double-click it to open it. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation. Once the installation is complete, restart your computer (goto Start Menu, click Shut Down, and select the “Restart” option.)
After the computer is finished restarting, you are completely protected from the virus and your system is clean of the worm. Congratulations. Now you don’t have to be a part of the media hype, so just sit back, relax, and watch those other ignorant ones suffer… If would like to be a good, considerate citizen, you can send an e-mail to your friends about this site; the address is www.isaleh.com/CodeRed. You can do this easily by using the Link-Send tool below.
There’s your good deed for the day, it’s as easy as that. And in addition, won’t your boss be happy that one of his own subjects is doing something beneficial for the company? Oh yes…
Ahh yes, and if you just want to make sure that you weren’t affected by the other big virus that hit (The Nimda Worm), click here to go check out my tutorial on that one.