Like the "Love Bug" scourge that spread to millions of computers two weeks ago, the new virus arrives in an attachment to an e-mail. However, it isn't given away by an "ILOVEYOU" subject line. Instead, the subject line changes to a random word or phrase every time a computer is infected.Pretty sneaky, sis.
"Each time the virus spreads, it mutates itself to evade detection," Symantec Corp., another anti-virus software maker, said in a statement from its Cupertino offices.
The subject line of an infected e-mail starts with "FW: " and includes the name of a randomly chosen attachment from a previous e-mail on an infected computer. The e-mail will have an attachment with the same name, but ending in ".vbs."
This strain of the ILOVEYOU virus wipes out more than MP3 and JPEG files, tooafter mailing itself to your contact list, it will pretty much wipe out all of your files, according to the Post. If you haven't installed patches, updated antivirus definitions, filtered out .vbs files on your mail system, or just changed the .vbs file association to Notepad, this might be a good time to do it.
Of course, none of this is as frightening as the original Love Bug, in my book.