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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Gaobot.QEC

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Gaobot.QEC
Technical name:W32/Gaobot.QEC.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , through shared network resources.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Jan. 13, 2008
Detection updated on:Jan. 13, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Gaobot.QEC is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it awaits remote-control orders received through IRC or HTTP.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.

 

Gaobot.QEC uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • Computer networks (shared resources): it creates copies of itself in shared network resources to which it has access.