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Downloader.IXE

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Downloader.IXE
Technical name:Trj/Downloader.IXE
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It downloads files from several websites. It spreads , across the Internet.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 18, 2006
Detection updated on:May 18, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Downloader.IXE is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it displays pop-up windows.
  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

Downloader.IXE accesses several websites to download files, which it then runs. These can be any type of file, although they are normally malware.

 

Downloader.IXE 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.