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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SpyBot.AAV

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SpyBot.AAV
Technical name:Bck/SpyBot.AAV
Threat level:Medium
Type:Backdoor
Effects:  

It opens a random port, it prevents users from accessing websites mostly belonging to antivirus companies and it obtains information about the computer, which is then sent via FTP.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 20, 2006
Detection updated on:Feb. 20, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

SpyBot.AAV is a backdoor that opens a random port that is periodically modified. It prevents users and installed programs from accessing some websites, which belong to several antivirus companies, among others.

Additionally, it obtains information about the computer such as the IP address, free memory space, operating system, RAM memory and CPU clock speed. Then, it sends the gathered data via FTP.

SpyBot.AAV 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.

Visible Symptoms 

    

SpyBot.AAV is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.