Consider this a “reader request” posting. I don’t do reader requests as often as I should, but I noticed that there were quite a few people coming to my pages with questions about the MyDoom worm and realized I hadn’t included direct pointers to any worm removal tools.
- Microsoft has posted a removal tool for MyDoom variants A and B, which are the versions that were most prevalent until today. The tool works on Windows 2000 and Windows XP machines.
- If you are on an older platform, or prefer to verify the existence of the worm and remove it manually, there are detailed instructions on the Microsoft MyDoom security advisory page.
- Should you not be on Windows 2000 or Windows XP, or should you be unable to download the tool from Microsoft, there are also removal tools available at Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro, and Computer Associates. Pick your favorite vendor…