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Dialer.KFP

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Dialer.KFP
Technical name:Dialer.KFP
Threat level:Medium
Type:Dialer
Effects:   It establishes a phone connection with a high rate number. It displays pop-up messages when it runs, distracting users and affecting productivity. It uses anti-monitoring techniques in order to prevent it being detected by antivirus companies. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 20, 2007
Detection updated on:May 20, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Dialer.KFP 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.KFP 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.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it displays pop-up windows.

 

It uses several methods in order to avoid detection by antivirus companies:

  • It prevents scanning tools from running, such as Windows Registry Editor, FileMonitor, etc.
  • It terminates its own execution if it detects that a memory dump program is running, such as Procdump.
  • It terminates its own execution if it detects that a debugging program is active.

 

Dialer.KFP 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.