Thursday, March 11, 2010

Most Dangerous Computer pc viruses and worms

Viruses and worms are a cause for thousands of losses all over the world. There are number of viruses and worms created. Below i have listed 6 most dangerous and havoc creating viruses that affected millions of computer users over the world. The order of viruses is not important.
Most dangerous computer viruses :


This ILOVEYOU worm is considered to be most dangerous worm ever created. It was written in VBScript. It was first noticed in Philippines on May 4 2000 and then spread all over world in just one day, affecting 10% internet users and causing loss of about $5.5 billion. The worm arrived in email inbox with subject “ILOVEYOU”. Hence, called ILOVEYOU worm. It had an attachment “LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs” . The worm overwrote many important files, with music, multimedia files with a copy of itself attached to each file. Also, it sent the worm to everyone on victim contact list. Thus, worm spread very fast. Only windows users were affected.

2. Mydoom :

Mydoom , a computer virus affected Microsoft Windows. After it was first noticed on January 26, 2004, it became fastest spreading computer virus ever, breaking record of Sobig worm. Mydoom was designed to send junk emails from infected computers. The actual worm programmer is still unknown.

3. Virut virus :

This Virut virus infects executable portable files such as .exe and .scr andeach time it propagates it uses Polymorphism - to evade detection. On infected machine, virus opens a backdoor connecting with an IRC server which is prespecified by virus programmer. This backdoor allow attacker to download additional malware to victim computer. This virus affected and shut down court system computers of Texas this February.

4. Blaster worm :

This Blaster worm - a computer worm that affected computers running Microsoft operating systems. But, the spread of this worm was limited by filtering of ISP and its publicity. The worm was designed to start a SYN Flood on Aug 15, 2003 against port 80 of, intended to create a distributed DDoS attack against this site.

If the worm detects an internet connection, the system would become unstable and after displaying a message for 60 seconds, the system used to restart. The message displayed looked like:

“I just want to say LOVE YOU SAN!!”
“billy gates why do you make this possible? Stop making money
and fix your software!!”

5. Sobig worm :

This worm ws detected in Aug 2003 which affected millions of internet connected windows operating systems. The worm was written using Microsoft Visual C++ compiler and compressed using tElock. The most destructive version was Sobig.F .

This worm was worm as it replicated itself and also a Trojan Horse as it appeared other than malware. The programmer of this worm is still not known.

6. Conficker virus :

This virus came into role in November 2008 and affected millions of computer. Basically, its a worm capable of replicating itself and thus can spread fast. The worm spreads itself primarily through a buffer overflow vulnerability in the Server Service on Windows based computers.

When this worm is executed on a computer, it is capable of disabling Windows services such as Windows Update, Windows Defender, Windows Security Center and even Windows Error reporting.

But, the threat due to this worm is reduced as most anti viruses are now detecting this worm and its further spread is thus prevented. This worm is mainly spreading in China, followed by Argentina, Brazil, Russia, and India - where software update is done to less extent.

So friends, this is all about viruses. These are most dangerous viruses or worms that affected millions of worldwide computers. I just wanted to say that keep your anti viruses updated to prevent yourself from being affected by such viruses and worms. If you think any other virus or worm needs mention over here, please mention it in comments section. I will update the article.


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