x
48h OFFER
If you're already a customer of
our homeusers protection,
renew now with a 50% off
RENEW NOW
x
HALLOWEEN OFFER
take advantage of our
terrific discounts
BUY NOW AND GET A 50% OFF
x
CHRISTMAS OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
BUY NOW AND GET A 40% OFF
x
SPECIAL OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
BUY NOW AND GET A 50% OFF
x
BLACKFRIDAY OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
TODAY ONLY UP TO 70% OFF
x
CYBERMONDAY OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
(Only for homeusers)
TODAY ONLY UP TO 70% OFF
Active Scan. Scan your PC free
Download Cloud Antivirus Gratis

Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Gaobot.MQX

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Gaobot.MQX
Technical name:W32/Gaobot.MQX.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It generates a large amount of network traffic activity with the consequent consumption of bandwidth. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads by exploiting vulnerabilities, across the Internetand also by being downloaded by other malware.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 26, 2006
Detection updated on:Sept. 1, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Gaobot.MQX is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it awaits remote-control orders received through IRC, HTTP, or FTP.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It uses techniques included in its code to hide itself while it is active.
  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.

 

Gaobot.MQX uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • Via Internet, exploiting remote vulnerabilities: attacking random IP addresses, in which it tries to insert a copy of itself by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities.
  • It is dropped or downloaded to the computer by other malware specimens, for example: MultiDropper.BJR.