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Pahooka.A

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Pahooka.A
Technical name:W32/Pahooka.A.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It prevents several security programs from being run, disables applications such as the Task Manager and the Windows Registry Editor and downloads malware from a website. It spreads via mapped drives.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:July 15, 2007
Detection updated on:July 15, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Pahooka.A is a worm that prevents several security programs from being run, leaving the computer vulnerable against possible threats.

Additionally, it disables the following functions, among others:
- Find and Run from the Start menu.
- Task Manager.
- Windows Registry Editor.

On the other hand, it connects to a website in order to download malware and it hides the file extensions, in order to go unnoticed.

Pahooka.A spreads via mapped drives.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Pahooka.A is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • When it is run, the following screen is displayed:

    Screen displayed by Pahooka.A
  • It modifies the window title of the windows opened by the user:

    Window modified by Pahooka.A
    It changes it to the text: ^_^Anti AntiVirus^_^.
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