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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Bobax.CO

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Bobax.CO
Technical name:W32/Bobax.CO.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 3, 2006
Detection updated on:May 3, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Bobax.CO is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it changes the security settings of Internet Explorer, decreasing its security level.

 

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

  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.

 

It uses several methods in order to avoid detection by antivirus companies:

  • It prevents scanning tools from running, such as Windows Registry Editor, FileMonitor, etc.

 

Bobax.CO 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.
  • Email: sending emails that include a copy of itself as an attachment. The computer is infected when the attachment is run.