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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

MSNPhoto.I

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

It reduces the copmputer security, as it stops the Windows Security Center service and the VNC service and attempts to connect to a certain website in order to send information about the affected computer. It spreads via the instant messaging program MSN Messenger.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 30, 2007
Detection updated on:Oct. 30, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

MSNPhoto.I is a worm that reduces the protection level of the computer, as it stops the Windows Security Center service and the VNC service if installed.

Additionally, it attempts to connect to a certain website in order to send information about the affected computer, such as the computer name.

MSNPhoto.I spreads via the instant messaging program MSN Messenger.

Visible Symptoms 

    

MSNPhoto.I is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer via MSN Messenger in an instant message that contains a link, like one of the following:

  • LOL, you look so ugly in this picture,
    http://www.freewe
    o87/Images/Img464.zip
  • Should I put this on facebook/myspace?
    http://www.freewe
    o87/Images/Img464.zip
  • Hey m8, who is this on the right, in this picture...
    http://www.freewe
    o87/Images/Img464.zip
  • Sup, seen the pictures from the other night?
    http://www.freewe
    o87/Images/Img464.zip