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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Gaodrop.A

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Gaodrop.A
Technical name:Trj/Gaodrop.A
Threat level:Medium
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It downloads malware from several websites and drops W32/Gaobot.MFM.worm to the affected computer. It prevents users from running several Windows files such as the Windows Registry Editor.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 11, 2006
Detection updated on:April 6, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Gaodrop.A is a Trojan that installs the following adware programs in the affected computer, among others: CommAd, PurityScan, SearchAid or YazzleSudoku. It also drops the worm detected as Gaobot.MFM to the system.

Additionally, it prevents users from running the following Windows files:
CMD.EXE
NETSTAT.EXE
PING.EXE
REGEDIT.EXE
TASKKILL.EXE
TASKLIST.EXE
TRACERT.EXE

Gaodrop.A does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Gaodrop.A is easy to recognize, as it displays the following message when it is run: