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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Gnome.D

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Gnome.D
Technical name:W32/Gnome.D
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  

It is a virus with worm features. Its main aim is to infect PE files (Portable Executable) and to spread via email and the mIRC program.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 6, 2007
Detection updated on:Sept. 6, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Gnome.D is a virus with worm features, whose main aim is to spread and infect as many computers as possible.

In order to do so, it uses the following means:

  • Infecting PE files (Portable Executable), which can be executed in different 32-bit operating systems (Windows XP/2000/NT/Me/98/95). The virus is activated every time an infected file is run.
  • Email, in a message with an attached file.
  • the mIRC program, sending a message to the users who are connected to a certain channel.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Gnome.D is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer in a file named COOL_SCREEN_SAVER_SCR_.EXE, which has the icon assigned by default to executable files:



This file can be distributed via:

  • email: in a message like the following with an attached file:
    Hi dear friend, I want to show you what I has found in the Internet! L check the att ached file for more info. V I have incluyed a program which illustrates hm y opinion  a bout  things you wrot e me a few   days ago. check this nice. bye. ; - )
  • mIRC: it sends one of the following messages and a copy of itself to all the users connected to a certain channel at that moment:
    - i just get new $chan screen saber
    - and i think everyone need to
    - see this screen saver so i send you
    - ok,plz tell me your opinion
    - about this $chan screen saver.
    - just a minute...