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Archivarius.A

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

Its main objective is to spread via P2P networks and affect as many computers as possible. In order to do so, it makes copies of itself using attractive names in the shared directories of several P2P programs, in order to deceive users making them think they are inoffensive.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 24, 2008
Detection updated on:Aug. 18, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Archivarius.A is a worm whose main objective of Archivarius.A is to spread via P2P networks and affect as many computers as possible.

In order to do so, it makes copies of itself in the shared directories of certain P2P programs using attractive names. These files pass themselves off as interesting applications or pirated software, so that the user is not aware that the downloaded file is malicious.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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