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Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Netsad.F

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Netsad.F
Technical name:W32/Netsad.F.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Subtype: Backdoor
Effects:  

It ends processes belonging to several security tools, leaving the computer defenseless against the attack of other malware, and prevents users from accessing several websites. It spreads via email and through P2P programs.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

First detected on:Oct. 30, 2006
Detection updated on:Oct. 30, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Netsad.F is a worm that ends processes with a name containing certain text strings, if they are active. These processes belong to several security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, among others. It also ends processes belonging to other malware.

Additionally, it prevents users from accessing several websites, some of which belong to antivirus companies.

Netsad.F spreads via email and through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs.

 

Note: in order to work properly, Netsad.F needs Microsoft .NET framework 2.0 to be installed on the affected computer.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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