Goner is a devastating worm effecting e-mail systems across the world. It would be better enough if we call it a mass-mailing worm. This mailer worm is compressed by a file compressor named “Portable Executable”.
It’s the most devastating & fastest spreading worm after the historic Love Bug. The worm can attack systems by ICQ network and even through e-mail, using Microsoft Outlook.
If the infected system has enabled IRC; Goner worm is capable of making the system exposed to Denial of service attacks.
This mass-mailing worm tends to auto-send itself by e-mails and tries to defeat antivirus software’s on the infected systems.
The mailing-worm Goner comes up with a mail, initiated with the subject “Hi”. Whereas, the mail body describes below stated message:-
“When I saw this screen saver, I immediately thought about you. I am in a harry (sic), I promise you will love it.”
The mail even has an attachment namely “Gone.scr”. This worm can havoc IRC & mIRC on the infected system.
If you are getting mails with attachments from unknown users, don’t download the attachments.