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Getting rid of the KAK WORM Virus

In the past computer viruses spread by email have been sent in the form of email attachments.   Well, recently a security hole was found in Outlook Express and some virus programmers exploited it to create the KAK Worm virus.   This virus infects your computer as soon as the email is read.  You will be unaware that your computer is infected.  It appends itself to the end of each message you mail thus, infecting other machines.  Fortunately, the virus is not harmful.  It can use up system resources and cause the occasional error though.

I have had to remove this virus from several machines in the Lake City area and it is spreading still.  There is a security patch released by Microsoft that will make your system immune to this virus and others that would exploit the security hole.  The links to download this fix will be at the bottom of this document.

I have received this virus twice.  I received it a second time as I was unaware of the fact that rerunning Windows Setup to correct various glitches removes this patch.  So, you will need to apply the patch and if you ever run setup again for windows you will need to be sure to apply the patch then as well.

I will break this document up into TWO sections:   Section one is written for people who do not think they are infected and just want to immunize their machine.   Section two is written for people who think they are infected and want to clean off the virus and immunize their system.

SECTION ONE: Preventative Steps

  1. Download the EYEDOG SCRIPTLET.LIB security patch from Microsoft by following this link.

  2. Execute the patch by double clicking on the file you downloaded and answering any questions it may ask.

  3. Reboot your machine

SECTION TWO: Removing the virus and Immunization

  1. Download a KAK CLEANER program by following this link.

  2. Run the KAK CLEANER by double clicking on it and answering any questions it may ask.

  3. Download the EYEDOG SCRIPTLET.TYPELIB security patch from Microsoft by following this link.

  4. Execute the patch by double clicking on the file you downloaded and answering any questions it may ask.

  5. Reboot your machine.

If you have questions feel free to contact me: Deva Winblood at Future Wave Computer Solutions,  (970)944-0214.