I was in a Yahoo chat room and clicked on the following link:
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 (http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_99437.htm). 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.
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This was first published in September 2002