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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Destructor.A

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

It changes the Desktop wallpaper and ends many security related programs, considerably reducing the computer protection. It disables applications such as the Task Manager. and the Windows Registry Editor. It spreads via MSN Messenger, mapped and removable drives and through P2P.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 18, 2007
Detection updated on:Oct. 19, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Destructor.A is a worm that ends many processes belonging to security related programs, such as antivirus or firewalls. This would leave the computer vulnerable against possible threats, as the computer protection would be considerably reduced.

Additionally, it changes the Desktop wallpaper and disables applications, such as the Task Manager, which would prevent the user from viewing the processes that are being run, and the Windows Registry Editor.

Destructor.A spreads using the following means:

  • the instant messaging program MSN Messenger.
  • P2P programs.
  • mapped and removable drives.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Destructor.A is easy to recognize, as when it is run, the CD-DVD ROM tray is opened and it changes the Desktop wallpaper to the following image:

Additionally, when it spreads via the instant messaging program MSN Messenger, it reaches the computer in a message like the following:

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