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June 11, 2002
February 13, 2007 11:39:42 AM
Systems Affected:

This worm is a variant of W32.Frethem.A@mm. It uses its own SMTP engine to send itself to email addresses that it finds in the Microsoft Windows Address Book and in .dbx files. The email message arrives with the following characteristics:
Subject: Re: Do your Windows looks like Windows XP? I have found very nice desktop themes!
Attachment: www.xpdesktopthemes.com

NOTE: Virus definitions dated prior to July 17, 2002 detect this as W32.Frethem.Gen@mm.

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Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version July 17, 2002
  • Latest Rapid Release version November 10, 2017 revision 041
  • Initial Daily Certified version July 17, 2002
  • Latest Daily Certified version November 11, 2017 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 17, 2002
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Writeup By: Peter Ferrie

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