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Dialer.HTQ

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Dialer.HTQ
Technical name:Dialer.HTQ
Threat level:Medium
Alias:QDial-45
Type:Dialer
Effects:   It establishes a phone connection with a high rate number. It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It causes the loss of information stored on the computer, either specific files or data in general. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 7, 2006
Detection updated on:Sept. 7, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Dialer.HTQ 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.HTQ 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.HTQ prevents access from programs to websites of several companies related with security tools (antivirus programs, firewalls, etc.).

Dialer.HTQ redirects attempts to access web pages of certain banks to spoofed pages, with the aim of logging information entered by the user in these pages.

Dialer.HTQ redirects attempts to access several web pages to a specific IP address.

 

Dialer.HTQ 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.