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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Kimo.A

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

It carries out plenty of modifications in the Windows Registry, which prevent the computer from working properly, and then, it starts the computer. It disables several functions of the Start menu, such as Search or Run, and applications such as the Task Manager and hides certain items, such as the Desktop icons, among other actions. It spreads via the shared and mapped drives.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 3, 2007
Detection updated on:Sept. 3, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Kimo.A is a worm that carries out plenty of modifications in the Windows Registry, which prevent the user from working with the computer as usual.

Once finished, it starts the computer.

These modifications prevents the user from carrying out the following actions, among others:

  • Doing searches and running files in a fast and straight way, as it disables the options Search and Run from the Start menu.
  • Viewing the processes that are being run through the Task Manager.
  • Modifying the configuration of the features of Internet Explorer and the folders.
  • Turning off the computer and logging off, as it disables both options of the Start menu.
  • Modifying the date and time of the system.
  • Displaying the context menu, that is, the one that appears when right clicking the mouse.

Kimo.A spreads via shared and mapped drives.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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