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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Spamta.J

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Spamta.J
Technical name:W32/Spamta.J.worm
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 changes the security settings of Internet Explorer. It downloads files from several websites. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 28, 2006
Detection updated on:Sept. 27, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Spamta.J is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.
  • On remote sites: it mass mails junk mail (spam).

 

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

 

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

 

Spamta.J does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.