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Virus transferred by clicking on a URL

I was in a Yahoo chat room and clicked on the following link:

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which brought me to the following location:

My Norton virus scanner then told me it discovered a Trojan virus but was unable to do anything. I didn't know it was possible to get a virus by clicking on a URL -- is it? I have since installed "The Cleaner," which didn't find anything, and I still don't know if I have a Trojan virus or not. Can you help me?

If you look at the location, you'll notice that it has a .com extension, which is not normal for a Web page. However, it is trivial to set a page up to link directly to a specific file, which will then be inspected by your antivirus scanner.

According to my friends at McAfee, this is the W32/Aplore@MM worm ( It opens a Web server on port 8180 on an infected system and sends links to an exe file with a .com extension.

You may wish to report the person who sent you that link and the ISP hosting that file.

For more information on this topic, visit these other resources:
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This was first published in September 2002

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