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It establishes a phone connection with a high rate number.
It does not spread automatically using its own means.
|First detected on:||Sept. 15, 2006|
|Detection updated on:||Oct. 15, 2006|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Dialer.HWC 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.HWC 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.HWC 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.
- It is dropped or downloaded to the computer by other malware specimens, for example: Dialer.IAN, Multidropper.BOH, Downloader.KTO, GoodSearchNow.
Dialer.HWC is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:
- It creates shortcuts in the Windows Desktop.