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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Oscarbot.IV

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Oscarbot.IV
Technical name:W32/Oscarbot.IV.worm
Threat level:Medium
Alias:W32.Cuebot-K, Backdoor.Win32.IRCBot.st, Win32/IRCBot.OO
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It opens several ports, thus allowing hackers to remotely access the computer, and installs the Trojan detected as Protestor.A. It spreads via the instant messaging program America On Line Instant Messenger, by sending messages to all the active contacts of the affected user.

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Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:June 30, 2006
Detection updated on:July 4, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Oscarbot.IV is a worm that opens several ports, thus allowing hackers to remotely access the computer, in order to carry out actions that compromise user confidentiality or impede the tasks performed.

Additionally, it installs the Trojan detected as Protestor.A on the affected computer.

Oscarbot.IV spreads via the instant messaging program America On Line Instant Messenger, by sending messages to all the active contacts of the affected user.

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Visible Symptoms 

    

Oscarbot.IV is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.