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Winfake.A

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

It passes itself off as a Word document, in order to deceive users making them think it is an inoffensive document. It carries out several modifications in the Windows Registry, which prevent the computer from working properly. It spreads through mapped drives.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 8, 2008
Detection updated on:March 14, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Winfake.A is a worm that passes itself off as a Word document in order to deceive users making them think it is an inoffensive file.

Additionally, it carries out several modifications in the Windows Registry, which prevent the user from viewing the processes that are being run through the Task Manager or access the command shell, among other actions.

Winfake.A spreads through mapped drives, making copies of itself in them.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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