Published Nov 09, 2004 | Updated Sep 15, 2017

Worm:Win32/Msblast.A

Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: W32.Blaster.Worm (Symantec) W32/Lovsan.worm.a (McAfee) WORM_MSBLAST.A (Trend Micro) Win32.Poza.A (CA) Lovsan (F-secure) Worm.Win32.Blaster.6176 (Global Hauri) W32/Blaster.A (Norman) Blaster (Panda) W32/Blaster-A (Sophos)

Summary

Win32/Msblast.A is a network worm that can spread to a computer running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows XP that does not have Security Update MS03-026 or MS03-039 installed. It performs a denial of service (DoS) attack against windowsupdate.com if the day of the month is greater than 15 or the month is September or later.
To manually recover from infection by Win32/Msblast.A, perform the following steps:
  • Disconnect from the Internet
  • End the worm process
  • Delete the worm files from your computer
  • Delete the worm registry entry
  • Restart your computer
  • Take steps to prevent re-infection

Disconnect from the Internet

To help ensure that your computer is not actively infecting other computers, disconnect it from the Internet before proceeding. Print this Web page or save a copy on your computer; then unplug your network cable and disable your wireless connection. You can reconnect to the Internet after completing these steps.

End the worm process

Ending the worm process will help stop your computer from infecting other computers as well as resolve the crashing, rebooting, and performance degradation issues caused by the worm.
To end the worm process
  1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL once and click Task Manager.
  2. Click Processes and click Image Name to sort the running processes by name.
  3. Select the process msblast.exe, and click End Process.

Delete the worm files from your computer

After you end the worm process, you should delete the worm code from your computer.
To delete the worm files from your computer
  1. Click Start, and click Run.
  2. In the Open field, type %windir%\System32
  3. Click OK.
  4. Click Name to sort files by name.
  5. If msblast.exe is in the list, delete it.
  6. On the Desktop, right-click the Recycle Bin and click Empty Recycle Bin.
  7. Click Yes.
This removes the worm code from your computer.
If deleting files fails, use the following steps to verify that msblast.exe is not running:
  1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL once and click Task Manager.
  2. Click Processes and click Image Name to sort the running processes by name.
  3. Confirm that msblast.exe is not in the list.

Delete the worm registry entry

To delete the worm registry entry
  1. On the Start menu, click Run.
  2. Type regedit and click OK.
  3. In the left pane, navigate to the key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    In the right pane, right-click the following value, if it exists:
    windows auto update
  4. Click Delete and click Yes to delete the value.
  5. Close the Registry Editor.

Restart your computer

To restart your computer
  1. On the Start menu, click Shut Down.
  2. Select Restart from the drop-down list and click OK.

Take steps to prevent re-infection

Do not reconnect your computer to the Internet until the computer is protected from re-infection. See the "Preventing Infection" section for more information.
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