It is distributed in the form of an e-mail message with the words:
I have received your email and I shall send you a reply ASAP. Till then take a look at the attached zipped docs.
The message includes an attachment with the name ZIPPED_FILES.EXE. If opened, a dialog box appears in Windows resembling the one normally appearing when opening a corrupted Zip archive, while the worm copies itself onto the machine's hard drive, while modifying the WIN.INI file (Windows 9x) or the Windows Registry (Windows NT) so that it re-executes on reboot.
The worm looks for a copy of Microsoft Outlook to mail itself to all other people in the user's address book and also destroys Microsoft Office documents and C and C++ source files on the user's hard-drive by overwriting them with zero-byte files.
Worm outbreak has managers fishing for answers; ExploreZip could have been worse, experts agree; rapid response to quash destructive viruses is key to avoiding loss of data.(computer virus)(Industry Trend or Event)
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