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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Hoots.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Hoots.A
Technical name:W32/Hoots.A.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It attempts to send an image of a snowy owl to the local network printers. It spreads through shared resources and mapped drives.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 15, 2006
Detection updated on:May 15, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Hoots.A is a worm with no destructive effects. It just sends an image of a snowy owl to the local network printers.

Hoots.A spreads through shared resources and mapped drives of the local network.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Hoots.A is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it sends the following image to the local network printers: