Article ID : S500030830 / Last Modified : 11/04/2018

What should the user do when the message Virus Alert Information: Frethem virus appears?

    The Virus Alert Information: Frethem virus message appears.
    These are mass-mailer worms that would infect the computer system by simply opening or previewing the infected email. This mass-mailing worm gathers email addresses from Microsoft® Windows® Address Book (WAB) and in files with extension .DBX, .MBX, .EML, and .MDB. The worm will uses its own SMTP engine to send itself to the recipients found.

    The email message arrives with the following characteristics:
    **********************************************
    Subject: Re: Your Password!
    Message: ATTENTION!

    You can access
    very important
    information by
    this password

    DO NOT SAVE
    password to disk
    use your mind

    now press
    cancel

    Attachments:
    Decrypt-password.exe
    Password.txt
    **********************************************

    For more information and countermeasures, please refer to the following solution in Microsoft®'s technical support website.
    Article ID: Q326353
    Last Reviewed: July 22, 2002
    Title: Virus Alert About the "Frethem" Virus.

    For additional information about viruses, visit the following third-party Web sites:
    Network Associates: Virus Information Library - W32/Frethem.o@MM.

    Symantec Corporation:
    1. W32.Frethem.j@mm
    2. W32.Frethem.k@mm
    3. W32.Frethem.m@mm

    Trend Micro: Virus Encyclopedia - WORM_FRETHEM.K.