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11776 bytes (~ 57 KB when unpacked)


- File "screen.scr" in the Windows System folder;
- The "screen" entry in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run registry key; the value of this entry refers the file named above:

Removal instructions:

  1. If you don't have BitDefender installed click here to download an evaluation version;

  2. Make sure that you have the latest updates using BitDefender Live!;

  3. Make the following changes in the windows registry:

    Note: Please make sure to modify only the values that are specified. It is also recommended to backup the windows registry before proceeding with these changes. For more information on backing the registry please read the FAQ.

    1. Select Run... from Start, then type regedit and press Enter;

    2. Delete the screen key value from:

  4. Perform a full scan of your system (selecting, from the Action tab, the option Prompt user for action). Choose to delete all the files infected with Win32.MyLife.E@mm.

Analyzed By

Bogdan Dragu BitDefender Virus Researcher

Technical Description:

This is another version of Win32.MyLife.C@mm - a mass-mailer that uses Microsoft Outlook to spread itself; it was also written in Visual Basic and packed using UPX.
It arrives as an attachment to an e-mail message in this format:
Subject:sexxxyyy Screen Saver
How are youu!!?
look to the New Screen Saver it\'s vvvery verrrry ffffunny :-) :-)
i promise you will love it? ok
========No Viruse Found========

Attachement: "screen.scr" (size: ~ 11 KB)

The attachment's filename extension is (as before) chosen to fool the user into thinking it is a Windows screen-saver. When run, the virus first displays an "error" message box:

then drops a copy of itself in the Windows System folder and registers it to be run each time the "infected" user logs on to Windows. The virus will send copies of itself to all the user's contacts in the Address Book and MSN Messenger contact list, by creating e-mail messages in the format described above. An email will also be sent to the address

When the virus is run again (eg: each time Windows is restarted by the "infected" user), the following message box will be displayed:

Under certain conditions, the virus might attempt to delete important data on the user's hard-disk (files in the primary partition's root folder, files in My Documents, *.sys and *.ini files in the Windows folder, *.vxd and *.sys files in the Windows System folder, and files on the primary partitions D:, E:, F: and G:).