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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Spamta.X

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Spamta.X
Technical name:W32/Spamta.X.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It modifies the HOSTS file, so that certain websites cannot be accessed. It spreads via email.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 10, 2006
Detection updated on:Sept. 10, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Spamta.X is a worm that modifies the HOSTS file, so that several websites belonging to antivirus and security companies cannot be accessed.

Spamta.X spreads via email, in a message with variable characteristics.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Spamta.X is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it opens Notepad and displays the following text when it is run: