WIN.INI


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WIN.INI

(WINdows INItialization) An early Windows 3.x configuration file that described the current Windows environment. Introduced in Windows 3.0, WIN.INI was read when Windows was loaded to obtain information about the desktop, language settings, screen saver, fonts and startup applications. It is also read in subsequent Windows versions for compatibility.

When the user or application changed settings, Windows updated WIN.INI; however, the file could also be edited with any text editor just like SYSTEM.INI, another major configuration file in early Windows. See SYSTEM.INI, INI file and Registry.
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The worm then modifies the WIN.INI registry such that Explore.exe executes every time the user starts Windows.
The actual files backed up are Windows system registry and settings, Windows default user registry and settings, Windows logged in user registry and settings, Win.ini, System.ini, Desktop icons/links, Start Menu icons and links, Autoexec.bat, Config.sys, Control.ini and Protocol.ini.
When a program is loaded under Windows, the SYSTEM.INI and WIN.INI files are adjusted by the program being installed.