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Risk Level 1: Very Low

February 21, 2002
February 13, 2007 11:38:21 AM

Mown.Demo is a concept virus that demonstrates how to exploit users' natural interest in Internet sites and the fact that Windows will open and execute any executable file that contains a .com extension.

In this particular case, this demo virus was distributed as a DOS executable with the file name www.cnn.com. It can, of course, be distributed as any file name with the .com extension that is named to appear as if it were an Internet site.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version February 21, 2002
  • Latest Rapid Release version August 20, 2008 revision 017
  • Initial Daily Certified version February 21, 2002
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 20, 2008 revision 016
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date February 21, 2002
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Writeup By: Atli Gudmundsson

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