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Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Vobfus.gen
Technical name:W32/Vobfus.gen.worm
Threat level:Medium
Subtype: Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers, and has damaging effects on the affected computer.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Oct. 6, 2009
Detection updated on:Nov. 20, 2009
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

Vobfus.gen is a virus that also has the characteristics of a worm.
Vobfus.gen gets into a computer via e-mail, the Internet, floppy disks, etc, and it spreads by inserting its code in other files and programs. Its effects can range from simply annoying to destructive.
Furthermore, due to its worm characteristics, Vobfus.gen also spreads by sending out copies of itself. Its main objective is to collapse computers and networks, preventing users from working with the affected computer.


Vobfus.gen does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.