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666 extension...Possessed system?
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Aug 17, 2001, 11:22 AM
 
Anyone ever seen an extension named 666 that is automatically recreated if deleted? I think it may be a virus, but I've run a Techtools virus scan and didn't find anything. It doesn't seem to adversely effect my system, I just can't get rid of it. Any ideas? Any info much appreciated -V.P.
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Aug 17, 2001, 11:30 AM
 
It definitely is a virus. Do a search, I remember reading about it in here a few months back.
     
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Aug 18, 2001, 12:44 AM
 
Dude, thats definitely a virus. Get an Anti-virus software installed.
     
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Aug 18, 2001, 01:13 AM
 
Hmmm...does this virus come preinstalled with the OS 9.1 that comes with Mac OS X? I did a clean install and I never booted into OS 9.1 but its there. Scary...
     
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Aug 18, 2001, 01:17 AM
 
It is a virus and only one app will get rid of it. It will keep coming back, clowing down your system. I had it, it killed Virex, TechTool found it but could not get rid of it. The only thing that will kill the virus is I believe

Disinfectant

If not do a search for 666, there are a few variants of it. But I think the app above will get it!
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Aug 18, 2001, 01:25 AM
 
Did some research on this before. 666 is an extension that will spread a virus called Seven Dust (i think) around your system. Seven Dust doesn't do anything bad to your system, but it's never good to have a virus on your computer.

The way to "solve" this is to install an application type thing that will keep the bad 666 extension out of the extensions folder.

It can be found here.

After you install it, do another scan with some virus software to get rid of SevenDust.

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Aug 18, 2001, 03:10 AM
 
666, aka sevendust, is a virus that comes in several different variations. I am not a programming type who knows how it works, but here is my guess, based on experience after it exploded all over the network at the college I currently attend.

I think what it does is infect a file, and every time that file is opened, it recreates a copy of the extension. It seemed, at least in my school, to show a particular affinity to the AIM extension, which was bad news, as it meant that every time someone started up their computer, the extension was recreated. The easiest solution, of course, is simply to turn off the extensions that it has infected (use disinfectant to figure that out - it will clean all the files it can, and tell which files it cannot clean because they are running). Turn the extensions off, and run a virus checker - I use Norton, but I am sure Virex and others would work equally well. That should knock it out of your system completely. Finally, get some sort of protection that scans all the files you download, as this seems to be the way one gets infected.

I think the virus is mainly harmless, but I have heard of variations which damage files - so I would definitely get rid of it if you have it.
     
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Aug 18, 2001, 03:29 AM
 
Sevendust kills Disinfectant.

I had it a while ago - had to kill it manually.

It checks An infected app checks for the presence of the extension - if its missing or altered, recreates it, overriding Finder locks and naming rules.

The extension, when in memory, infects every launched app.

Its a symbiote circle.

Virex 6 will kill it.

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