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It establishes a phone connection with a high rate number.
It downloads files from several websites.
, across the Internet.
|First detected on:||May 6, 2006|
|Detection updated on:||May 6, 2006|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Dialer.HBQ is a dialer type malware. Dialers usually try to establish phone connections with high rate numbers, significantly increasing the phone bill of the affected user.
Dialer.HBQ affects computers that use a modem to connect to the Internet, as the virus modifies the Dial-up network access settings. It changes the telephone number provided by the ISP (Internet Service Provider), which is a local-rate number, to a high-rate number.
Dialer.HBQ accesses several websites to download files, which it then runs. These can be any type of file, although they are normally malware.
Dialer.HBQ 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.
Dialer.HBQ is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:
- It changes the homepage of Internet Explorer.
- It creates shortcuts in the Windows Desktop.