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Security News for users of AIM

This is from Jay Loden, the author of AIMFIX, which for those of you that aren't aware of it, is a tool/program for removing viruses that have been circulating through the AIM messaging service.

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Jul 01, 2005 09:41PM
Well, it's been a while since my last news post, mostly because I've been insanely busy and/or tired when I actually do have free time. I apologize to anyone who's got a virus that isn't currently removed by AIMFix, but I've had too much work with my new full-time job and hour-long commute to be able to sit down and work out the solution to this one.

There's a virus spreading currently that's similar to the Funner worm, but instead of ''funny.exe'' it's ''Funneh.exe'' - from the same damn website that hosted funny.exe in the first place. I've tried contacting them mulitple times (they're even in my old home state of CT) but their contact information and contact form all point to a nonexistent email address - yay for morons.

This particular virus points links to www.fightbac.com/files/Funneh.exe and sends the same message to all your buddies. Oddly enough, the website is for a ''teat disinfectant'' for cows...go figure. Anyway, the main reason I haven't got a fix for this in AIMFix yet is that for once, it does something new that none of the other virus have so far. I don't know what it is yet, and until I beg/borrow/steal/have donated/whatever a test machine, I can't infect myself to find out what the problem is or how to repair it. I used to have an extra machine I could use for this purpose but it was given away when I moved and I haven't found a way to replace it yet.

I'll do my best to find a fix for this, but in the meantime, the only advice I can give you is to try and download Gaim (If you can't figure out what to download, you can get Gaim here)or Trillian and use one of them to talk on AIM. This may help at least prevent the messages from being sent by the virus, since I'm pretty sure it uses AIM-specific calls to do the sending. It's not a fix, but at least it will hopefully give some respite until I can come up with something.
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http://www.jayloden.com/index.htm

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GAIM.

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(NT) (NT) Thanks for the link Bob. :D

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Appendum on this from Jay Loden

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Jul 02, 2005 12:33PM
I have confirmation back from at least one person that using Gaim does indeed prevent the virus message for www.fightbac.com/files/Funneh.exe from showing up. You can download Gaim from the project website by choosing the Downloads link and picking the Windows version. (If this is too complicated for you, just download it here) You may prefer Trillian to Gaim as well.
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